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April 14, 1993

Tufts Uses Grant to Design Programs for Drawing Medical Students Into Primary Care Careers

JAMA. 1993;269(14):1769-1770. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500140017004

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AS PART of an ambitious project to replenish the ranks of primary care physicians in the United States, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ, has chosen Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass, as one of 18 medical schools to receive a planning grant under the foundation's Generalist Physician Initiative.

The $150 000, 18-month grant will be used by Tufts to design new programs aimed at encouraging students to choose a career in generalist medicine.

Eighty-three medical schools had competed for the Robert Wood Johnson planning grants. In 1994, the foundation will choose 12 of the plans submitted by the 18 planning grant recipients. Each will receive approximately $2.5 million to implement their winning programs.

It is hoped that these high-profile programs will serve as models and incentives for other schools to spur on a nationwide revival of interest in primary care medicine, says Morton A. Madoff, MD, MPH,