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January 15, 2019

Free Medical School Tuition: Will It Accomplish Its Goals?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Diversity Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
JAMA. 2019;321(2):143-144. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19457

In August 2018, New York University (NYU) announced it will offer full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students in its MD degree program, regardless of need or merit.1,2 The primary goals of this approach by NYU are the reduction of a continually increasing student debt, an increase in the number of students who choose primary care specialties, and an increase in socioeconomic diversity of the student body.1 The general consensus is that ever-increasing medical school debt is one of multiple variables that influence the specialty choice of many medical students and also creates a potential barrier for many students from marginalized and disadvantaged populations who might pursue a career in medicine.