Evansville medical campus expected to open in August

A new medical campus in southwestern Indiana is expected to open to students from three universities in August.

Construction on the facility in downtown Evansville is about 80 percent complete, the Evansville Courier & Press reported. The facility will host students from Indiana University, University of Southern Indiana and University of Evansville.

IU officials said they hope the new facility's urban setting can be an effective recruiting tool for students.

The 4-story facility will offer medical programs, including dental, and will include classrooms, labs, work stations and administrative offices.

"We're constantly benchmarking our facilities against all others that are doing well, trying to do just a little bit better," said Rich Thompson, senior associate university architect with IU.

First-year medical students from Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville and physician assistant students from the University of Evansville will be in combined anatomy classes.

"That is the foundation science for either course," Cathy Zimmermann, director of development and public relations for IUSM-E.

The new campus has been called the Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science & Research Center, but officials said it's likely to change before classes begin on Aug. 6 to give it a more succinct identity.

It's unclear how many of the campus' students will live downtown and how many will commute.

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