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Medical, dental schools launch diversity program

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 21, 2005

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The Assn. of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Assn. are collaborating in a $12 million effort to create a more diverse medical and dental work force and to help reduce disparities in access to health care.

The two groups will serve as national program offices for the "Summer Medical and Dental Education Program," funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Through this program, up to 10 medical and dental schools will be picked to develop and run six-week academic programs for undergraduate college students who are strong advocates for diversity or who come from groups that are underrepresented in medicine and dentistry.

Sites will receive $300,000 annually for four years. Participating schools need to match the grant by investing an equal amount of money or services. Each site will include 80 students per summer.

Initial proposals are due April 1, and full proposals are due June 17. Awards will be announced Sept. 22. All accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and dental schools are eligible to apply.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/03/21/prbf0321.htm.

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