ASU cites study in advocating medical school

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University says a feasibility study it commissioned has confirmed that the northeast Arkansas region needs a medical school.

The university said Tuesday that starting a medical school would help meet demand for primary care physicians in the Delta region. Opening the school would also have a $70 million economic impact.

ASU and the Delta Regional Authority signed a contract with consultant Tripp Umbach to study the feasibility of launching an osteopathic medical school at the university.

Jonesboro isn't the only Arkansas city being considered for a medical school. The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is also looking at opening a medical campus.

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