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The chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center said he’s going to ask the state to fund full-ride scholarships to medical students who commit to practicing in New Mexico, which he said is the best way to address a shortage of doctors throughout the state.
Dr. Paul Roth, who is also dean of the UNM Medical School, said his proposal would entice UNM Medical School graduates to start their careers here, which is something that only about 25% to 30% of the school’s graduates have historically done.
His suggestion comes as a time when the state is flush and lawmakers will have an estimated $907 million in “new” money available in the coming budget year thanks, in part, to oil production in the southeastern part of the state. Roth said he will ask for about $6 million in additional scholarships to create the program.
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