NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Belmont University is starting its own college of Medicine.
The university made the announcement on Thursday morning and said the college will be a partnership with HCA Healthcare.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said this announcement is "not an easy step."
“HCA Healthcare will bring world-class expertise to Belmont’s College of Medicine, offering our students extraordinary faculty instructors and a pathway to residency and clinical placements," Fisher said in a statement on Thursday. "A College of Medicine is the natural next step in Belmont’s health care offerings. It’s not an easy step, but it’s characteristic of Belmont University to take on challenges and do big things, and do those things well.”
Belmont will seek to become the 156th Liaison Committee on Medical Education-accredited medical school.
The university said its graduates can help fill "the significant physician gap anticipated to be felt between now and 2033."
"That is certainly our intent with this new College of Medicine, and working with HCA Healthcare, I have no doubts that this program will produce the next generation of health care leaders," Fisher said.
HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Health "will provide third year medical students core clinical clerkships and fourth year medical students clinical elective rotations."
“According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the shortage of U.S. physicians continues to worsen, and we share Belmont University’s commitment to address this critical need,” HCA Healthcare CEO Sam Hazen said in a statement on Thursday. “We appreciate our long history of collaboration with Belmont, and we look forward to supporting their pathway to be a successful LCME-accredited medical school.”