U of Arizona medical school to give free tuition to 21 primary care students

Twenty-one medical students of Tucson-based University of Arizona will receive free tuition for their commitment to providing primary care in underserved communities in the state, according to News 4 Tucson.

Recipients of the Primary Care Physician Scholarship were named Jan. 31, according to the report.

The program was created last year by the Arizona legislature to address the state's critical shortage of physicians. Arizona currently needs 600 more primary care physicians, and that demand is expected to grow to 2,000 physicians by 2030.

At full implementation, the scholarship will fund tuition for 100 students with "a clear and strong interest" in primary care, including the specialties of geriatric medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry.

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