Peoria medical school plans expansion to 4-year program

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria will admit first-year medical students for the first time in 2017.

The Peoria Journal Star reports ( the medical school will launch a $2.5 million renovation this summer to make room for about 55 new medical students each year. Average enrollment currently is about 165 students.

The Peoria school is shifting from a three-year to a four-year program. Now, medical students study for a year at the university's Urbana-Champaign campus before moving to Peoria.

Regional Dean Dr. Sara Rusch announced the changes Monday in Peoria.

She predicts the four-year medical school will enhance Peoria's ability to attract doctors and improve health care. She says about 20 percent of local doctors are graduates of the medical school's programs.


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