Geisinger to offer free med school tuition for 40 students per year

Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger will offer free tuition annually for 40 medical students who commit to working in primary care at the system after graduation. 

Under the Geisinger Primary Care Program, the system's Commonwealth School of Medicine also will give students a $2,000-per-month living stipend. 

In exchange, the students must commit to staying at Geisinger for four years after residency to work in primary care. 

The students will be selected based on financial need, academic merit, diversity, passion for serving communities and whether they are likely to stay in the area. 

The program is the system's latest effort to combat the shortage of primary care physicians in the state.

"With a nationwide shortage of primary care physicians projected in the coming years, removing financial burden will make it easier for more students interested in primary care to actually pursue a career in it," a Geisinger news release states. 

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