Wright State, Premier Health Formalize Academic Affiliation Pact

Premier Pulse     October 2021

Wright State University and Premier Health continue to advance a shared mission of providing quality health care and medical education to the local community through a new academic affiliation agreement.

The institutions will continue to collaborate on the training of medical students, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in Southwest Ohio, as well as partner on academic, clinical, and research initiatives.

The academic affiliation agreement formalizes a longstanding working relationship that educates and retains physicians and other health care providers; elevates the quality, consistency and cost efficiency of patient care; creates opportunities to develop new or improved educational and clinical programs; and advances economic development locally.

The agreement includes Boonshoft School of Medicine programs and Wright State's nursing and health sciences programs.

Premier Health trains most Boonshoft School of Medicine residents, medical students, and many graduates who work in the Miami Valley, and employs numerous Wright State nursing graduates.

The agreement frames Wright State and Premier Health as preferred partners and the two institutions will prioritize working with each other on new initiatives.

A new Joint Strategic Planning Committee creates a formal communication structure through which Premier Health and Wright State can discuss emerging needs, opportunities to partner, and consider how the organizations can help each other.

The ongoing collaborative relationship between Wright State and Premier Health is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy through a commitment to train students from Ohio and out of state to remain in the state.

As a community-based medical school, the Boonshoft School of Medicine relies on academic partnerships, and its most expansive relationship in support of its education, clinical, and research programs with Premier Health. The agreement also underscores Premier Health's commitment to help the Boonshoft School of Medicine increase student enrollment.

The Boonshoft School of Medicine will continue to act as the academic sponsor of the residency program at Premier Health facilities. The Boonshoft School of Medicine sponsors residencies in 13 medical specialties and fellowships in 10 subspecialty fields.

The launch of the university's new College of Health, Education and Human Services, which includes the Nursing Program and other allied health programs, presents an opportunity for the two institutions to expand the collaboration.

The Boonshoft School of Medicine and Premier Health share key faculty and clinicians who have provided leadership and care in the local community during the pandemic.

Wright State and Premier Health are partnering to create a rural family medicine residency program to train physicians who will establish medical practices in rural Ohio, where health systems struggle to find enough physicians to meet their communities’ needs.

The Wright State University and Premier Health Clinical Trials Research Alliance (CTRA) conducts clinical trials throughout Southwest Ohio in a variety of health care areas. The Wright State and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute unites the university's advanced biomedical research capabilities with the clinical resources of the largest hospital system in the Dayton region.

Wright State's Institutional Review Board provides approval for Premier clinical trials and studies involving human subjects.

The Nursing Program at Wright State provides scholarship assistance for Premier Health nurses to pursue a bachelor’s degree through the university’s RN-BSN completion program.

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