Reporter 426, 2 November 1998

Medical school logged on for the future

Students at the University's School of Medicine are enjoying some of the best teaching facilities in the country with the opening of a new clinical skills learning centre at Leeds General Infirmary and a computer cluster at St James's University Hospital.

With the unveiling of modern facilities representing an investment of around £300,000, the School has announced a bid to Government to take on another 100 medical students a year to help address a national shortage of doctors.

Launching a partnership with Bradford hospitals and GPs serving one of the biggest ethnic populations in the country, the School intends to play a pivotal role in meeting the health needs of the nation - and in particular its ethnic minorities - into the next century.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson said: "The Government is looking for imaginative ways of ensuring that the NHS has enough doctors. This is an exciting opportunity for us to make an important contribution to that goal.

"Our partnership is offering the doctors of tomorrow an unrivalled match of high quality training, excellent facilities, and the chance to help the NHS address the particular health needs of minority ethnic groups."

Earlier this year, the School opened a new medical teaching centre with state-of-the art facilities to teach a whole year in small groups.

The computer cluster at St James's is named after the late Tim de Dombal, formerly Professor of Medical Informatics at the hospital. It was opened by his widow, Nancy.

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