Ground was broken Monday for an expansion of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. The goal is to bring more physicians to the state and grow Mississippi's health care economy.
The $63 million expansion will allow larger class sizes and more laboratory space. It will increase the number of students it admits to each incoming class from 135 to more than 160.
The School of Medicine projects that the larger class sizes accommodated by the new facility will generate about $1.7 billion in economic impact in Mississippi by 2025 and that the additional physicians trained will support more than 19,000 new jobs by the same year.
The current economic impact of practicing UMMC-trained physicians is more than $6.3 billion annually, and those physicians are estimated to support more than 60,000 jobs in the state.
The school of medicine expansion is expected to create about 930 jobs during construction.