Utah has the lowest rate of primary care physicians active in patient care in the country 58.4 for every 100,000 people in 2010, according to the most recent data from Association of American Medical Colleges.
The university will study what facilities it needs, how much it could charge for tuition and how many students it would admit, among other issues, Roth said, before the board of trustees makes a final decision.
They are looking at fall 2015 as a possible opening date, with a possible later expansion to the private university's South Jordan campus. That would make it the second medical school in the state, joining the University of Utah, which has cut back on the number of students it admits in recent years.
The Roseman University of Health Sciences opened in 1999 as the Nevada College of Pharmacy and expanded to South Jordan in 2006. The nonprofit school now has colleges of nursing, dental medicine and an MBA program. It has 1,360 students; 559 of those are in Utah.
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