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Anonymous Gift Of $3 Million Pays Tuition For Entire First Class At UH College Of Medicine

The College is scheduled to admit 30 students in the inaugural class in 2020

This photo shows the “Health 2” building, which is the temporary home of the UH College of Medicine. The college has received an anonymous $3 million gift, which will fund the full tuition for the college’s inaugural class of 30 medical students in fall 2020.

The University of Houston College of Medicine has received an anonymous $3 million gift, which will fund the full tuition for the college’s inaugural class of 30 medical students in fall 2020.

The College of Medicine aims for at least 50 percent of each graduating class to specialize in primary care, according to a news release from the University of Houston (UH) and that distinction sets the college apart from its local and national counterparts in an effort to address the vast shortage of primary care physicians in Houston and throughout Texas.

Texas ranks 47th out of 50 states in primary care physician-to-population ratio.

UH President Renu Khator noted that since student debt is the number one deterrent for students when applying to medical school, “this generous gift will allow such students an opportunity to attend and ultimately lead the future medical workforce.

Increasing access to primary care

“As a result, the UH College of Medicine will increase access to primary care, enhance quality of life and strengthen Houston as a business destination,” added Kahtor.

Dr. Stephen J. Spann, UH College of Medicine vice president of medical affairs and founding dean, underscored that one of the main goals of the UH College of Medicine is “to be known nationally for producing doctors who have a deep understanding of health disparities, who know how to work in the community and who are experts in providing ‘high-value’ health care” and added that “thanks to this amazing gift, we’re one step closer to becoming a major resource for the community by addressing the shortage of primary care physicians.”

Dr. Stephen J. Spann, is the founding dean and vice president of medical affairs at UH’s College of Medicine. He underscores that one of the main goals of the college is to form doctors who have a deep understanding of health disparities and who know how to work in the community.

The gift also goes toward the $1 billion “Here, We Go” Campaign, the University’s first public, comprehensive campaign in 25 years.

The University aims to secure $120 million over 10 years to cover startup costs for the College of Medicine. A third of these funds will be generated through philanthropy, a third from state appropriations and a third from intellectual property revenue. So far, UH has raised $9.1 million through philanthropy.

The College of Medicine is scheduled to admit 30 students in the inaugural class in 2020 pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Legislature, and accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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