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ISO: The World's Best Minds

Date: May 14, 2012

ISO: The World's Best Minds
Illustration by Joanna Szachowska

A scholarship program to enable medical students from outside the   United States to study at the Hopkins School of Medicine will begin this fall, thanks to the efforts of Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

Currently, each medical school class of approximately 120 includes roughly two international students. “Although we accept more, they don’t matriculate largely because of the financial hurdle they have to overcome,” says David Nichols, vice dean for education at the School of Medicine, where the estimated cost for the 2012–2013 school year is $69,886 for first-year students from the U.S. and $72,958 for international students. (The difference is the cost of a health insurance premium.)

“Foreign-born students who have gone to college in the U.S. have green cards that allow them to qualify for federal or U.S. bank loans. However, international students, who are basically immigrating to the United States to get a medical education, are not eligible for loans,” Nichols explains.

Now, potential international medical students accepted at the School on the same basis as their U.S. peers can acquire financial aid for their studies. Those international students who are currently at Hopkins may also be eligible to tap into the newly established fund of $80,000, an amount that will be increased by $80,000 each year until reaching a maximum of $320,000 in 2016.

“We are constantly in search of the best minds in the world to learn medicine and ultimately practice it,” says Nichols. “This new scholarship program opens up more opportunities for the most talented individuals to come to Hopkins.”

The new funding builds on a foundation of other initiatives in the area of international medical education. In 2011, Johns Hopkins inaugurated the Johns Hopkins Dr. Mohan Swami Institute for International Medical Education, which uses the new Genes to Society curriculum as its core platform and provides services globally. And, in 2010, Hopkins officials signed an agreement in Kuala Lumpur to help Malaysia develop its first fully integrated, private, four-year graduate medical school and teaching hospital.  Linell Smith