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Grant to Provide Full Scholarships for UH College of Medicine Second Year Students

The John M. O’Quinn Foundation is giving the college $3.5 million. The grant will partly fund a program through which students will help families in underserved communities.

The Health 2 building is the temporary home of the UH College of Medicine.

The John M. O’Quinn Foundation has given the University of Houston (UH) College of Medicine a $3.5 million grant to provide full four-year scholarships to one-third of the college’s second-year class, UH announced this week.

The college’s second year class is expected to have 30 medical students. Back in July, full tuition for the entire inaugural class of 30 students was funded through an anonymous donation.

A well-known attorney and philanthropist, O’Quinn was a UH Law Center alumnus and served on the UH System Board of Regents from 1993 to 1999. He passed away in 2009.

UH President Renu Khator said the grant will help the College of medicine “attract the best and brightest medical students who have a passion for primary care.”

A focus on primary care, along with special attention to underserved urban and rural communities throughout the state, is one of the main goals of the college and, thus, the grant will also help fund a household-centered health care program.

Through that program, teams of students from the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Optometry and Social Work will each work with a family experiencing complex medical and social problems in underserved communities, including Houston’s Third Ward.

The teams will follow the same family for all four years of their medical education and will provide monthly home visits, health education and coaching.

The College of Medicine is 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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