Study Says Human Medical School Move West Should Slow Down

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A new study is expected to say that Michigan State University should slow its plans to move the College of Human Medicine to Grand Rapids.

The study commissioned by Grand Rapids is to be released next week. The Lansing State Journal reports it urges caution on the move and raises concerns about how a relocation will affect health care and the economy.

Michigan State's plan for the medical school was approved in May by the school's board of trustees.

The plan calls for starting the move in 2005 and completing it in 2015. It would relocate all but 50 of Michigan State's 200 first and second-year medical students to Grand Rapids from East Lansing.