Governor Meets with Medical Students

January 24, 2011

Augusta, Maine – Today, Governor Paul LePage met with medical students from Maine Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine and University of New England to talk about their important role in Maine’s economy and value to the state. Governor LePage took time for an impromptu visit this afternoon with nearly thirty students in the Cabinet room. When the students were asked by the Governor if they planned on practicing in Maine many raised their hand giving Governor LePage something to smile about. “I like that,” Gov. LePage said. “There are some of the brightest and best in this room and I want you to stay here to provide the quality care Mainers deserve. We are facing a shortage of primary care physicians and rural health professionals. Each one of you is the solution to that problem.”

Many of the medical students are recipients of the Doctors for Maine’s Future scholarship fund and were at the State House to voice support for the program. The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) distributes scholarship money to medical schools where there are currently 14 participating students.

Maine has no public medical schools with affordable in-state tuition. The cost of attending a private medical school, such as Tufts University School of Medicine, exceeds $250,000. Governor LePage believes the Doctors for Maine’s Future is a financial commitment that can help recruit and retain more Maine applicants to the program and make it possible for Maine students to train in their home state.

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