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LSUHSC ENROLLS LARGEST EVER FRESHMAN MEDICAL CLASS

New Orleans, LA – The School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has admitted the largest freshman class in the history of the school – 201 students. They are participating in orientation activities on the downtown LSUHSC campus today in preparation for the start of classes on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. The incoming class comprises 107 males and 94 females.

By comparison, 188 students were admitted in 2008. The 2009 incoming freshman class represents a 19% increase over the freshman class of 2004, which was 169 students.

"As the primary source of Louisiana’s physicians, we are addressing the projected physician shortage to ensure that the citizens of this state will continue to have access to high quality health care," notes Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

The larger class sizes also accommodate the medical school’s expanding Rural Scholars Track Program which prepares medical students to practice in Louisiana’s rural communities where they are most needed. Tuition is waived for students enrolled in the LSUHSC School of Medicine’s Rural Scholars Track Program, which is one of the most successful in the country.

The class of 2013 also includes students admitted to the MD/PhD Program, which is one of the rare exceptions to the school’s Louisiana residency admissions requirement.

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