Goal 2: Advance Academic Excellence and Research Prominence
Strategy 2.3: Enhance the College of Medicine’s Research and Clinical Capabilities in Central Pennsylvania
A key strategy is to create a College of Medicine regional “campus” at University Park/State College (“campus” is used here to mean a collection of teaching and research facilities integrated and shared to a large extent with other University programs rather than a discrete, co-existing campus). The increasingly integrated academic programs of the Hershey and University Park faculties, along with the growing collaboration of the Mount Nittany Medical Center (MNMC) and area physicians, provide a unique opportunity to increase the quantity and level of medical care and biomedical research in the region of Pennsylvania that represents the greatest share of Penn State employees and their dependents. Already in place, the M.D./Ph.D. dual-degree program provides students with knowledge of the breadth of clinical science plus the ability to design experiments and conduct biomedical research with modern technology. The establishment of a regional medical campus in the State College area will benefit the University by expanding medical education, drawing upon a wider range of faculty, creating opportunities for more joint degrees, lowering the costs of health care, increasing the level of medical services at MNMC and the surrounding clinical community, and improving the attractiveness of the State College area as a place to live and work.
On the Hershey campus, a high priority must be placed on the plan to complete the financing, architectural design, and initiation of construction of a free-standing, state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital, allowing central Pennsylvanians access to pediatric care, research, and the advantages of the latest advances in medical education without having to leave the region. The Children’s Hospital will enhance efforts to integrate community engagement activities in the Route 322 corridor with other University programs in the health sciences, including cancer research, screening, and treatment.