N.B. launches scholarship fund to retain med students

New Brunswick is launching a scholarship fund to support and retain medical students.

Officials announced Wednesday the province would invest $2.5 million in a new scholarship fund for medical students, to be delivered through the New Brunswick Medical Education Foundation.

“The New Brunswick Department of Health Scholarship Fund will disburse $2.5 million over five years to eligible medical students,” said Health Minister Bruce Fitch in a news release.

Students who are residents of New Brunswick and enrolled in an accredited Canadian program leading to a degree of doctor of medicine are eligible for the scholarships.

Dr. Michael Simon, the co-chair of the New Brunswick Medical Education Foundation, said the $2.5-million commitment marks the largest contribution ever received by the foundation.

He said the province’s investment would create 60 scholarships yearly for five years, doubling the foundation’s current award capacity.

“This will have an extraordinary impact, enhancing access to vital health-care services for all New Brunswickers,” said Simon.

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