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U of I's Wise believes med school should be small

URBANA — University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says that a new medical school being proposed in Urbana-Champaign should be small and what she called complementary.

Wise spoke to a group of faculty in Urbana Wednesday about the idea.

According to The News-Gazette, she said a lot of work still needs to be done on the proposal. But she said if done right the school could be an important addition to the area and the state.

Wise said the idea to create a public-private partnership with the local Carle hospital would allow the university to not ask the state for more money or take money away from other university endeavors.

A feasibility study on the medical school projects an opening date in 2017. Start-up costs are pegged at about $100 million.

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