Posts Tagged ‘medical school’

Rural Doctors Needed: The Road to Becoming a Doctor

August 3, 2011

The University of Kansas, in Kansas City, hopes that young doctors will be more willing to practice in small towns if they go to school in a rural area.  Eight students will be taking classes on a satellite campus in Salina, Kansas.  The university decided to take a distance learning approach in response to the shortage of rural doctors in the United States.  The idea is to show these students that life can be good outside of the big city and practice can still be stimulating as well.

The University of Kansas has taken a distance learning approach in response to the shortage of rural doctors in the United States.  What does it take to become a doctor?Becoming a doctor is a long and difficult process, with many years devoted to schooling.  Here is a summary of what it takes to become a doctor:

  1. Volunteer or work in a medical setting.
  2. Excel in high school. (Great grades and show responsibility.)
  3. Commit to your goal.
  4. Graduate from a four-year college or university.
  5. Take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT.
  6. Complete medical school.
  7. Enter your residency training period.  This is typically three years long and begins in July after you graduate from medical school.

I certainly hope I did not scare you away from you or your child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  On the contrary, I hope that knowing the road ahead will motivate you and your child to plan out what needs to be done so that you can create a bright future for you or your child in the field of medicine.

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Taylor P.

$150 Million Donation to USC Medical School is Keck Foundation’s Largest Ever

June 15, 2011

The University of Southern California (USC) received a $150 million donation from the Keck Foundation for its medical programs.  This donation is set out to help scientific and clinical research at the university’s medical school and its two hospitals.  USC received a donation of $110 million for its medical programs 11 years ago, also from the Keck Foundation.

The $150-million donation to USC's medical school by the Keck Foundation comes after the $200-million donation to USC's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences from alumnus David Dornsife in March and $110-million donation for undergraduate financial aid by alumnus John Mork in April.With the donations, USC hopes to improve the school’s medical research rank as well as add new faculty in the fields of stem cells, cancer, liver disease, and preventative health.  This is USC’s third donation since March 2011, even though the $150 million donation is the Keck Foundation’s largest donation it has given in its 57-year history.  USC will be attaching the Keck name to its medical school and the university hospital.

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