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Plans to solve the pressing problem that many brilliant students are severely handicapped in the medical field, where schooling is so difficult and expensive as to exclude outside work, are occupying the attention of the Medical School, Dean C. Sidney Burwell revealed today in his annual report.
Under special consideration is the situation of able young doctors who, after their interneship, wish to do advanced research. Unable to afford this, "a certain number of men capable to do first class productive work are obliged to cut short their training and go into forms of work which do not permit their full development."
Dean Burwell points out that the general advance of medical science as well as the development of the school itself would be aided "by the establishment of a number of fellowships ranging from $1,200 to $2,500 a year which could be granted to able men in this critical period in their development." These awards should be apen to graduates from other medical schools and to men of Ph.D. as well as M.D. degrees.
With a student enrollment of 576, the Medical School at present gives out about $12,000 a year in scholarships, averaging $250 to each of about 50 students; student fellowships totalling $1,800 to some six students annually in return for investigation work; and loans of about $10,000 a year.
This plan, with the scholarship stipends being adjusted to the individual's need, will relieve at least ten students in each of the four classes of financial worries
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