Dear 100 Hour Board,
Recently I heard a rumor that BYU was eventually (very far down the road obviously) planning on turning old Provo High into a medical school. Is this true? I feel like then they would have to move all of the life sciences there. What would they do with the Brand New LSB? Would it be possible to implement a medical program and house it in the LSB? Why isn’t there already a medical school here? With the nursing program being so good, I feel like it’s kind of sad that there is no medical program.
-Doctor Strange, Who, or whatever
Dear Our Made Up Names,
I seriously doubt that it would be turned into a medical school. I think people seriously underestimate how big of an undertaking a medical school is. Let's compare some stats:
The University of Utah has a budget of over 2 billion dollars and they spend over half of that on the medical school and health care facilities (Source).
A medical school would basically require more than a doubling of the University. There isn't enough room even if you knocked down all of Provo High School. Heck, you could try and put all of BYU's current resources toward a medical school and still not have enough.
As we've spoken about in earlier answers, BYU's main focus is on a providing quality undergraduate education. While it would be cool to have a medical school, there isn't the resources or mission alignment, and the U of U has a great program that plenty of BYU students go to.
Hope this helps!