CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Area Medical Center and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine have agreed to collaborate on creating a regional medical school campus in Charleston.

The effort, agreed to Wednesday in a letter of intent, will include a curriculum and accredited faculty determined by the school, as well as space CAMC will find for the campus. Students from the school’s South Central Region will also be allowed to use CAMC’s Simulation Center.

Students will also have opportunities to use research support services, and faculty members will have access to CAMC’s faculty development programs.

“Charleston Area Medical Center has had a role in the clinical training of caregivers for a very long time,” CAMC chief executive officer David Ramsey said. “CAMC wants to participate in more educational programs in an effort to recruit and keep the best health care providers in southern West Virginia.”

The campus is expected to open in June 2020 with students beginning in July.