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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tuesday, New Hanover Regional Medical Center officials announced the launch of the UNC School of Medicine Wilmington Campus. Beginning this month, New Hanover Regional Medical Center will host 3 med school students. The program can hold up to 24 third- and fourth-year medical students. The UNC School of Medicine Wilmington Campus program will train students for an entire year, with course work led by full-time faculty members of the UNC School of Medicine permanently based at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

One of the first students to participate in the new program is Matthew Braswell. Braswell is about to begin his third year of medical school through the UNC School of Medicine. Braswell said he was raised in Wilmington and attended Hoggard High School. He said he is happy he can continue his education close to home.

“I’m excited about the program that they set up here and the network of the physicians and educators that they have built here for us, and I really just can’t wait to get started on Monday,” said Braswell.

Students will study internal medicine, surgery, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry and other subspecialties.

In addition, students can choose to complete a Physicians Leadership Certificate Program through the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Work begins Monday for the students.

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