Kaiser Permanente launches medical school with free tuition for the first five inaugural classes

With Kaiser Permanente's recent announcement, it is now the second medical school in the United States to become tuition-free and "eliminate the financial barrier to achieving a medical degree."

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Kaiser Permanente announced the opening of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which will start accepting applications for the school’s inaugural 2020 class. Aside from receiving accreditation, the school will also offer free tuition for the first five inaugural classes.

Kaiser Permanente is determined to “transform health and health care in America” and, therefore, the goal of the school is to “shape the future of medical education and train physicians for medical excellence and the total health of their patients,” Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, said.

“We’ve had the opportunity to build a medical school from the ground up and have drawn from evidence-based educational approaches to develop a state- of-the-art school on the forefront of medical education, committed to preparing students to provide outstanding patient care in our nation’s complex and evolving health care system,” Dr. Mark A. Schuster, the school’s founding dean and CEO, said.

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which is based in Pasadena, California, will provide their students with a clinical experience as well as a case-based curriculum in Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system in the greater Los Angeles area.

“Our students will learn to critically examine factors that influence their patients’ health in their homes, workplaces, schools, and communities – and become effective health advocates for their patients,” Schuster said. “They will graduate with the knowledge and skills to become visionary leaders in medicine and take on some of the most challenging health issues of our time.”

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With Kaiser Permanente’s recent announcement, it is now the second medical school in the United States to become tuition-free and “eliminate the financial barrier to achieving a medical degree,” Patch reported.

“The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will also reflect our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion by training diverse physicians to serve the needs of society,” Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, said.

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