Ole Miss & Keesler Partner For Physician Training

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is about to launch a unique partnership with the Air Force.

Under the agreement, the university will take over the administrative responsibility for the teaching program at Keesler Medical Center. That will allow Keesler to maintain its physician training program, which had been in jeopardy under the proposed BRAC realignment of the health care center.

The Director of Health Education for University Medical Center, Dr. Dan Jones, said the state will benefit since the university will be able to expand the medical program.

"It will allow the Air Force to continue to train those physicians. It will allow us here in Mississippi to still have the advantage of having those 100 physicians here. The Air Force will continue to pay for the residency positions. And the Air Force will continue to pay for the faculty who train those doctors at Keesler," Jones said.

The agreement will also allow the university to expand the medical training at Keesler, by adding post graduate programs in several health care disciplines.