Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Corcoran Led Med School Effort ; Began Push in Late 1960s

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Corcoran Led Med School Effort ; Began Push in Late 1960s

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Efforts to establish an expanded Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville - one with its own facilities and campus in a still-to-be determined Southwestern Indiana location - tops current discussions in different circles across the Tri-State. Some residents of the community are reminded of similar discussions dating back to the late 1960s, when the hot topic was a plan for creating, for the first time, collaboration in medical education between IU and a local college and possibly several other schools in the state.

The idea was to help shape the course of education for current and future doctors.

The plan soon garnered community support, led by the late Dr. Patrick John Valentine Corcoran, an internist considered the dean of Evansville doctors.

It hatched finally in 1972 when the IUSM-Evansville - created largely by Corcoran - opened in the University of Evansville Mc- Curdy Alumni Memorial Union, with a class of five first-year medical students.

The then Indiana State University-Evansville (now University of Southern Indiana) also allotted classroom space on its campus for the budding program, and the operation ran admirably well in the split-campus arrangement.

A $1.1 million federal grant was awarded in support of the program and of ISUE's nursing program.

Cathy Zimmermann, director of development for the IUSM- Evansville, credits Corcoran for being instrumental in acquiring many professionals in the region to help with the program's vision of having students taught by practicing physicians in the community. She said a part of the vision was that the Southwestern Indiana region would become a leader in medical education: a goal that continues today.

In a report in the old Evansville Press, Corcoran said he saw the development of the center here as a gradual thing, with cooperative effort by UE and ISUE, the city's hospitals and the Mead Johnson Research Center. …

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