Plans are moving forward for what will be Utah’s 3rd medical school. The Noorda College for Osteopathic Medicine is expected to welcome its first class in 2021.
This school, which will be based in Provo, is becoming a reality thanks to a $50 million dollar donation from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation, the school’s namesake.
Wasatch Educational is heading the project which was prompted in part due to the growing physician shortage in Utah. The state has one of the lowest physician to population ratios in the country and each year hundreds of college graduates leave to attend medical school elsewhere.
The Noorda College for Osteopathic Medicine would like to enroll some of those students and plans to have room for 150 of them initially.
The next steps include finding a founding dean and finalizing a location.