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Anonymous gift funds full tuition for entire medical school class

Residency Program Insider, July 27, 2018

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Thanks to an anonymous $3 million gift, the University of Houston College of Medicine will enroll 30 medical students in fall 2020 and give each of them a full-tuition scholarship.

The university announced the gift Wednesday with a polished promotional video, touting the new college's emphasis on primary care. The university is still raising start-up funds for the project, which has yet to receive accreditation.

"This generous gift will allow such students an opportunity to attend and ultimately lead the future medical workforce," University of Houston President Renu Khator said in a statement, citing student debt as the top deterrent students face when considering whether to attend medical school.

The goal is for at least half of each graduating class to specialize in primary care to meet a need in the region, the university said. Among the 50 states, Texas ranks 47th in terms of its primary care physicians-to-patient ratio, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Source: HealthLeaders Media



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