North Carolina, Raleigh- Health executives announced that for the first time, Charlotte will receive a medical school where students can prepare for four years starting in 2024.
Charlotte is one of the largest cities in the country without a four-year medical degree.
A school that is a partnership between Atrium Health and the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
It will be built on a 20-acre site on the corner of S. McDowell St. and Baxter St. near I-277, close to downtown.
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles called the announcement an important milestone.
“Bringing a four-year medical school to Charlotte has been something this community has been looking for for many years,” Lyles said.
The school is expected to have an economic impact on the $ 5.2 billion region in addition to more than 40,000 jobs.
Wake Forest officials said at a Facebook press conference that there are more than 11,000 people in the medical faculty who have applied to fill only 145 seats this year.
Other leaders, such as Governor Roy Cooper, Congresswoman Alma Adams, thanked for the effort to bring the school to Queen City through videos shared during the virtual event.
“This medical school is making the entire Charlotte area and surrounding communities healthier,” Cooper said.
First class in 2024
The two health systems will be combined under the name Atrium Health. Atrium President Eugene Woods plays the same role in both health care systems.
While Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health and dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, will be the academic director of this second North Carolina campus.
Construction of the school is expected to begin in early 2022, and its first-grade students will come in 2024.