August 06, 2015 - Syracuse University has briefed federal and state officials on a proposal to create a one-of-a-kind medical school on campus to train doctors to care for military veterans at understaffed VA hospitals nationwide.
SU officials said they have received encouragement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Robert McDonald, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Graduates of the new school would be required to work at one of the nation's 152 VA hospitals for a specific period of time.
"The greatest challenge going forward is a terrific shortage of health care professionals to help veterans and military families that is only going to get worse as our veterans age and as large numbers of veterans transition out of military service," said SU Chancellor Kent Syverud.
SU has not estimated the cost of the proposed medical school or where it would be located on campus.
Before the university decides whether to go ahead, the idea must be discussed by academic leaders, faculty, SU's trustees and community organizations, Syverud said. read more>>>
The Syracuse VA Medical Center sits right next to the Syracuse University campus grounds and a stones throw from the Carrier Dome, and up the hill from a couple of the major area hospitals.