Syracuse University explores new medical school to specialize in veterans’ care



By James T. Mulder

Syracuse University has briefed federal and state officials on a proposal to create a one-of-a-kind medical school on campus to train doctors to care for military veterans at understaffed VA hospitals nationwide.

SU officials said they have received encouragement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Robert McDonald, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Graduates of the new school would be required to work at one of the nation’s 152 VA hospitals for a specific period of time.

“The greatest challenge going forward is a terrific shortage of health care professionals to help veterans and military families that is only going to get worse as our veterans age and as large numbers of veterans transition out of military service,” said SU Chancellor Kent Syverud.

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