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Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 1:29 pm | Updated: 5:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Mayo Medical School is expanding to Arizona with a campus in Scottsdale, while also partnering with Arizona State University to create a master's program specifically for the medical school, both schools announced last week.

"This (joint program) will train the 21st-century physician who is not only engaged in providing high quality care, but mindful of the need for constant innovation to achieve the health care outcomes we seek for patients and our entire country," said Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, deputy senior vice president and university chief research officer in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU.

The medical school, to be called Mayo Medical School, Arizona, will be in the Johnson Building of the current Scottsdale complex just east of the Loop 101 on Shea Boulevard. The building, which currently houses another joint ASU/Mayo research project, will be renovated for the medical school use, said Dr. Wyatt W. Decker, MD, Mayo Clinic vice president and the CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

"Mayo Medical is known for its small class size, innovation and integrative approach," Decker said. The new program takes the Mayo education and puts it "on steroids" by providing formal training in the science of health care delivery, Decker said.

The school will admit 48 students each year, essentially doubling Mayo's medical school size. Students enrolled at Mayo Medical will also be required to take graduate courses from ASU professors to earn a master's degree in the science of health care and delivery. The medical school is expected to begin accepting applications in June 2013 for the 2014 school year.

"I think several medical schools are looking at this type of model," said Maria Allison, executive vice provost of academic affairs and dean of the graduate college at ASU. "This program will be very different and I think it will influence medical care across the country."

The master's degree program will teach medical students to understand the larger societal and cultural issues that influence patient care, Allison said. Knowing those issues means doctors can be more effective and efficient in patient care.

"This is very good news for Arizona," Gov. Jan Brewer said. "It's a great example of how Mayo clinic and ASU are working together to continue to raise Arizona's profile as a national and international hub for innovation in medical education and health care delivery."

ASU and Mayo Clinic have a nine-year history of working in partnership, including a joint nursing program, collaborative research projects, joint faculty appointments and dual degree programs.

"Partnering with highly respected institutions, such as Mayo, can only demonstrate how our graduate and other programs are perceived nationally," Allison said.

This endeavor would be the first expansion of the Mayo Medical School, which is in Rochester, Minn.

"We have had a presence in Arizona for 25 years; this is just one example of that commitment," Decker said.

This program comes after ASU stepped out of a partnership in 2010 with the University of Arizona medical school in downtown Phoenix because of state budget cuts. UA currently oversees the program.

ASU is currently in the early stages of designing a similar graduate program that would be open to those admitted to ASU, but not Mayo Medical School. It would be designed for people with careers in the medical field.

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