University of Illinois campuses competing for proposed medical school plan

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URBANA - The University of Illinois College of Medicine is proposing that a potential engineering-based medical program be placed on Chicago's campus instead of Urbana-Champaign's.

On Wednesday, university trustees were presented a plan that would create a new medical school, in partnership with the local Carle Foundation hospital, at the Urbana-Champaign campus.  Chicago campus administrators also pitched their plan to build a larger engineering-based program within the College of Medicine.

Chicago Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares said that a new medical school would lead to duplication.  However, Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise questioned how the Chicago campus' plan would be funded.  Wise also noted that the plan doesn't include any means for better access to federal research funding for the Urbana campus, which was a key reason for proposing the new medical school.

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