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Hospitals, Health Care & Human Services
Expansion of Medical Education Building, Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM)
By 2034, the United States will experience a substantial physician shortage. At the same time as the percentage of Americans over 65 grows by 42%, 2 of 5 practicing physicians will be at retirement age. To meet this projected shortfall, medical schools, including BSOM, have answered a national call to increase enrollment. To accommodate this growth, facilities modifications to the existing medical education building (White Hall) are required at a total cost of approximately $2.5 million.
According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, there is a current and projected physician workforce shortage. By 2034, projections indicate that the United States will be somewhere between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians short of what is needed; because medical training can take up to a decade, the time to act is now. Boonshoft School of Medicine has increased the class size this year to 132 entering students, but further expansion is limited by building and interactive classroom size. BSOM preferentially admits students from Ohio and the Miami Valley--in 2021, our entering class consisted of 85% Ohioans and 32% from the Miami Valley. This makes it more likely that these physicians will remain here long-term, impacting the health care and well-being of our communities. Indeed, a high percentage of practicing physicians in Dayton and its surrounding regions are Wright State-Boonshoft graduates.
The health care needs in the Miami Valley are tremendous. The average life expectancy in our region lags behind national indices by as much as 2 years, and the rate of chronic diseases and maternal infant mortality are higher than the national average in our region. By creating physicians to serve our region, the impact on the health of our community will be long-lasting.
Wright State Power House, Pending
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In addition to the above direct new jobs created (medical school/university support positions for the expanded class size), this project will increase the number of graduating physicians from BSOM by 20 per year beginning four years after the project is completed. Current data suggests that 50% of these physicians will remain in Ohio to practice and 25% will remain in the Miami Valley. Over a ten year period, 200 additional physicians will graduate from our school; this would create a number of ancillary health care spin-off jobs (nursing and other allied health personnel to support this additional practice volume).