School of Medicine summer opening

Julia Perkins

This August, the university celebrated the opening of the Frank H. Netter MD. School of Medicine, located on the North Haven Campus.

[media-credit id=1532 align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]On Aug. 12, the 60 students arrived on campus for orientation. Class began a week later on Aug. 19, according to a press release from Associate Vice President for Public Relations John Morgan.

Governor Dannel Malloy took a tour of the Medical School on Aug. 15 with university officials, including President John Lahey, Dean of the Medical School Dr. Bruce Koeppen and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Richard Howard, according to Quinnipiac’s website.

Students also attended a White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 16, where they were presented with a physician’s white coat and a stethoscope, according to an article by Assistant University Editor Alejandra Navarro on Quinnipiac’s website. Speakers at the ceremony included Lahey, Koeppen, Dr. Jessica Israel, chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine and medical director of the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. and Dr. David Hill, director of the Global Public Health Institute in the School of Medicine.

Lahey encouraged the incoming students on making history at the ceremony.

“You might be the newest medical school in the country, but this is going to be one of the finest medical schools, I can assure you, in the years ahead,” Lahey said at the ceremony.

The School of Medicine, which focuses on primary care, was a $100 million project that began in 2009, according to Associate Vice President for Public Relations John Morgan. There are 22 full time faculty and 298 clinical faculty, the press release said.

Quinnipiac is also one of less than 100 universities to have both a School of Law and a School of Medicine, according to Morgan.

“The need for well-educated and highly trained physicians has never been greater,” Koeppen said in the press release. “The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is poised to develop physicians who will become integral members of patient-centered health care teams, working closely with other health professionals to provide comprehensive care.”