INDIANAPOLIS - It took more than 100 years, but the State of Indiana finally has a second medical school.
Doctors and future doctors were among those gathered Tuesday at Marian University in Indianapolis to finally see inside the new Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences.
"One of the things that was very important about this, Indiana is a very large state and only has one medical school. That makes a terrific shortage," Daniel J. Elsener, Marian University’s president, said.
The new $50 million building gives Indiana two medical schools. The building will house both the university’s medical school and school of nursing. The medical school is the state’s first osteopathic school.
"Healing is a big deal. We have a tremendous doctor shortage. We saw the need to be a better service," Elsener said.
The school is expected to have the top technology and professors from all over the country. Those are two factors helping build the excitement for incoming students.
"I've only seen the digital work of what Marian looks like, so seeing it here has been a very eye-opening, awesome experience," incoming student Kexia Van said.
Students took a leap of faith, applying to a medical school that until now, didn’t even exist.
But as one student who came all the way from California said, he’s not at all worried.
"It's exciting talking to everybody. They're so excited, so it's really starting to get me excited and to be like 'wow,' this is really happening. This building is brand new," said incoming student Brian Kaltenecker.
162 students make up Marian’s new medical school class. Classes begin on Monday.