The University of Central Florida’s new academic health sciences campus now under construction in southeast Orlando, is set to raise the profile of its 10-year-old medical school.
Having that academic health sciences center — which will include UCF’s existing College of Medicine, a teaching hospital now under construction and plans for a future nursing school — will make UCF stand out from other medical schools, said UCF College of Medicine Dean Dr. Deborah German. Seven of the top 10 medical schools in the country have an academic health sciences center, while only one of the bottom 10 has one, she added.
UCF fought for years to get approval and then raise the money to build its medical school, which opened in 2009. German led the charge to raise money so the school could offer full scholarships of $40,000 per year to its entire first class of 41 students, 36 of whom graduated with medical degrees in 2013.
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