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Entire UCF Charter Class to Go Through Medical School For Free

The new medical school at the University of Central Florida in Orlando isn't yet fully accredited, but it has attracted some impressive students with its unique financial offer for the school's charter class. All 40 students have received full scholarships totaling $7 million, and the chief academic officer with the Association of American Medical Colleges commented, "It's the first time that an entire class will go through medical school completely debt free. I've never seen anything quite like this. It's a pretty gutsy thing to do."

The scholarship money was donated by members of the community, including individuals, hospitals, banks, and law firms. While the availability of full scholarships for the entire class will certainly get the word out about UCF's medical program, the dean of the medical school hopes a debt-free future will inspire students pursue their passion and said, "We believe that when they're not in debt, they do their very best work, and they're not handcuffed to any particular specialty."

Medical students often pursue careers as specialists, partially for the more lucrative salaries that come with those jobs. Without the burden of debt, the administration at UCF is hoping more students will choose to fill some of the state's shortage of primary care doctors.

The school received more than 4,400 applications and had only 40 spots to fill — would you apply to an unaccredited school under these unique circumstances?

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bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Actually, mkls6044, there are many schools that lack proper accreditation. I work in education and there is a law school that has many graduates and do not have accreditation and students can not sit for their state bar exam. Many people just want the degree and do not want to practice which can be useful in many careers. People need to be aware, because there has been many school who false advertise and they end up getting sued when students are promised one thing and then can't sit for exams when their studies are finished.
mkls6044 mkls6044 8 years
There is a new law school (UC Irvine) that is doing this for their first year this year as well. I'm not sure about medical schools, but law schools can get a temporary accreditation after maybe a year? and then keep working towards full accreditation. So they likely are not non-accredited for lack of trying, just for lack of opportunity- probably have to wait about a year before they can even try. Believe me, these kids would not go to this school if there was no possible way it would be accredited before they left. I'm sure UCF will be accredited by the time they graduate, and then they will be able to sit for boards etc.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No. A lack of accreditation is a lack of established (accepted) standards as far as training and education. Accredited schools have been screened, and given a rubber-stamp of approval. It's a form of quality-assurance. A non-accredited does NOT have that approval, or possibly, failed the screening. When it comes to medical training, is it wise to forego this quality-assurance?? Yes, it's free, but what kind of quality training would one be receiving? Also, there's a matter of respect from peers and patients. I doubt a medical doctor would be taken as seriously (or respectfully) from his or her peers and patients if his or her training is from a non-accredited med school. In my opinion, this doctor would be no more than joke. JMHO.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that given that UCF is a good school for other things and has a proven track record - that i would do it. trust me, in today's era, you should take whatever opportunities like this that you can knowing that med school is SO expensive. i hope that it works out for these 40 students and that the school gets it's accreditation (or whatever it's called)
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Why would you go to a school that's not accredited? Why would you see a doctor that went to a school that's not accredited? Sketchy...
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
This is good to go to school for free but this is suspect. The school is not fully accredited so will the students be able to sit for the state boards and better yet if they leave and go to another state they may not be able to sit for the state boards thus making their degree worthless but hey their not paying for it.
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