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      Joplin hospital renews medical school program

      The previous site was destroyed in an EF-5 twister that also leveled the hospital.

      A Joplin program to train medical students as rural health care providers opens a new housing unit for University of Missouri students nearly two years after the deadly May 2011 tornado.

      Mercy Hospital Joplin and the University of Missouri School of Medicine have scheduled a ceremony Tuesday to publicly unveil a small housing unit for third-year medical students in MU's Rural Track Pipeline Program.

      The previous site was destroyed in an EF-5 twister that also leveled the hospital. The tornado killed 161 people while injuring hundreds more and destroying thousands of homes and buildings.

      The two townhouses are located three blocks from Mercy Hospital and can accommodate eight students serving their clinical rotations.