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Albuquerque Business First

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

The proposed new osteopathic medical school in Las Cruces would help ease the doctor shortage in New Mexico and offer some of the state’s hospitals a chance to train those physicians, one of the doctors who was involved in the effort to form the school said Tuesday.

“All you hear me talk about is the need to increase access and the increased need for physicians,” said Dr. John Cruickshank, CEO of Lovelace Medical Group and chief medical officer of Lovelace Health System.

“We’ve got the expansion of Medicaid with the potential of 170,000 new people in the program, and we just don’t have enough providers in the state,” he said. “This will allow us to train more doctors, and the focus on the training of those physicians would be in primary care.”

To that end, Lovelace Health System, which owns and operates six hospitals in the state, has 10 to 12 residency slots, most of which aren’t being used, and would be interested in helping the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine train them, Cruickshank said.

“We will definitely begin a dialogue with the school and the team. We’re going to look at the possibility of supporting the medical students as they go forward, but also increasing the number of residency slots,” Cruickshank said. “We are very interested in supporting the effort in creating those training slots.”

The $85 million, private, for-profit medical school is to be built on the New Mexico State University campus. Construction is expected to begin in February, and the first students are expected in September 2016.

Santa Fe real estate developer Dan Burrell and his family are funding the school. Burrell said the school has developed 125 residency and clerkship slots with three hospitals in Las Cruces and El Paso. The school could use more, though, Burrell said.

Ralph McClish, executive director of the New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association, said in June that he had lined up 300 residency slots for the school at around a dozen state hospitals.

The proposed new osteopathic medical school in Las Cruces would help ease the doctor shortage in New Mexico and offer some of the state’s hospitals a chance to train those physicians, one of the doctors who was involved in the effort to form the school said Tuesday. To that end, Lovelace Health System, which owns and operates six hospitals in the state, has 10 to 12 residency slots, most of which aren’t being used, and would be interested in helping the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine train them, said Dr. John Cruickshank, CEO of Lovelace Medical Group and chief medical officer of Lovelace Health System.

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