Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine celebrates 5 years

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Making a match

One-hundred percent of graduates from the School of Medicine have achieved successful residency matches.

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his is an important milestone year for our Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, as it marks its 5th year educating students.

One key moment in the history of the medical school goes back to 2010 when Founding Dean Dr. Bruce Koeppen began laying the foundation of the medical school — as construction crews continued to build the school’s physical structure.

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“In November 2010, we started with nothing; no faculty, no staff, no building and certainly no students,” Koeppen recently told faculty and staff at the State of the School Address. “We weren’t even the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.”

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Building a home

The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences was still under construction in 2010 when the School of Medicine was founded.

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“Each day I walk into the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and I am in awe of the quality of the facilities we have — including our new research lab,” he said.

The medical school has undergone rapid growth — from 60 students to 360 who are increasingly diverse.

“Diversity empowers us to become a better medical school,” he said. “People from different backgrounds bring diversity of experience, diversity of perspective and diversity of ideas — which, collectively, can only make us better.”

Today, industry-leading physicians — who Koeppen lauds as “unmatched in quality and dedication to medical school education” — serve on the School of Medicine’s faculty, helping their students achieve back-to-back 100 percent match rates with some of the country’s most competitive residency programs.

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“No matter what metric you look at — whether that be MCAT scores, undergraduate GPA, USMLE performance, residency match or research and capstone projects, they are indeed exceptional,” he said.

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Starting a legacy

The School of Medicine welcomed it's first class in 2013.

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But it’s not just the school’s MD students who are high performers.

“The school’s anesthesiologist assistant program continues to do well,” Koeppen said. “The class that graduated on Friday had a 100% pass rate on their licensing exam, and all have landed very well-paying jobs.”

The medical school’s 40 clinical affiliates and partners are continuing to grow — in prestige and geographic reach, now extending all of the way to the Canadian border.