By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer

Rowan University is preparing to take the first steps toward creating a medical school campus in Atlantic City, extending the footprint of its growing medical programs and potentially tapping a new student base there.

Rowan trustees are set to vote Wednesday on a feasibility study to explore an Atlantic City partnership between the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and AtlantiCare. Trustees will vote on awarding a contract to the Pittsburgh-based consulting firm Tripp Umbach to conduct the study “to understand the impacts associated with a potential four-year branch campus of a medical school,” according to the agenda for Wednesday’s board meeting.

“We’ve probably been talking for about a year at this point, and it’s reached the point where we felt that it was necessary to have a feasibility study,” said Ken Blank, the senior vice president for health sciences at Rowan University, whose responsibilities include oversight of both the Stratford-based osteopathic medicine school and Camden-based Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Blank said the Atlantic City program would be smaller than the main one in Stratford, which Rowan also is trying to expand. He said there was no deadline to complete the study.


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