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Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine to Offer Full Tuition Scholarships for All Students
Date:5/15/2008

CLEVELAND, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland Clinic announced today that the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University is providing all its students with full tuition scholarships, beginning with this July's incoming class.

Approaching its fifth year in existence, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine is dedicated to the training of physician scientists who are capable of furthering medical research and bringing the most advanced medical treatment to the patient bedside.

"The average debt for students graduating from private U.S. medical students, such as the Lerner College of Medicine, is more than $150,000, making many graduates less likely to pursue careers in academic medicine," said Delos M. "Toby" Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. "By providing full tuition support, we want to ensure that debt does not hinder the ability of our graduates to pursue academic careers as physician scientists."

Students currently enrolled in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine will receive additional scholarship funding to offset 50% of the difference between past tuition paid and the financial aid they've already received. Cleveland Clinic will support the full tuition scholarships through existing endowment income and clinical operations. The long-term goal is to fund the scholarships entirely through endowment income.

"With rising debt levels a growing concern for medical education, we applaud efforts that provide students with full financial support to help them achieve their dreams of becoming physicians," said AAMC President and CEO, Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine enrolls 32 students annually and drew 1,423 highly qualified applicants this past year. The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine program is designed to train graduates who will have a solid combination of clinical and research skills and a passion for
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