Aug 7, 2014 10:36 AM by AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Officials say LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is considering offering a three-year medical school program in Lafayette to produce more new doctors for the state.
The Advocate reports the school's chancellor, Dr. Larry Hollier, was in Lafayette on Wednesday at the request of City-Parish President Joey Durel to discuss the feasibility of offering medical school training in Lafayette.
Some LSU medical school students interested in practicing as primary care physicians in rural areas currently spend the final two of their four years of education in Lafayette.
Hollier said LSU is considering condensing the four-year instruction and training program into three years in Lafayette and expanding capacity from 20 medical school students to 40.
"We believe that we could consolidate the curriculum to give them the entire curriculum in three years and they'd be ready to start a primary care residency," Hollier said in a phone interview after his meeting with Durel and other local officials, hospital executives and doctors.
Hollier said three-year programs aren't unusual and LSU has been exploring the option.
"We're interested in whatever we can do to increase the health care workforce in this state," Hollier said.