Medical school branch opening in Montgomery


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama will locate a branch of its medical in Montgomery.

Officials with the Birmingham-based medical school announced Thursday that the branch will be located on the campus of Baptist Medical Center South. The dean of the School of Medicine, Ray Watts, said the branch will start with 10 third-year students in 2014 and grow to 40 students by 2016.

University officials said the new branch is an effort to address an anticipated shortage of physicians in central Alabama.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said the announcement goes along with the city's ongoing efforts to recruit more physicians.

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