Having the Chief Academic Officer at CHS express a preference to just expand the current Chapel Hill program is distressing, but clearly somebody with $225,000 to throw at this wants something else, because you do not fund a study to stay on the same path, you just lobby for funding. The timing for this is interesting. We have a Governor who is from Charlotte and did not go to academically-suspect UNC-Chapel Hill or any ACC school, he reportedly has ambitions for higher office and health care is a key topic. Leading the charge on building a new medical school sure would give him an edge over competitors that just have opinions. Obviously this is an uphill battle, but an exciting possibility.
(edit: I think[size=2] [font=verdana]UNC-CHeat is too glib and easily dismissed as hater-talk from fans of “lesser schools.” A[/font][font=verdana]cademically-suspect UNC-Chapel Hill stabs them in the heart.)[/font][/size]