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Manitoba medical students who agree to work in areas-in-need of doctors will have their medical school costs fully paid for by the province.
Premier Greg Selinger announced this morning that medical students who enter the return of service agreement will be eligible for $12,000 in each of their four years of medical school.
Each grant requires a commitment to spend six months in areas-in-need of doctors after graduation. In their final year of school, students will have the option of taking a $25,000 grant by committing to an additional one-year return of service in areas-in-need of doctors.
Selinger said the agreements will help attract medical students to rural, inner-city and northern communities and is part of the provincial strategy to connect every Manitoban with a family doctor by 2015.
"We believe this will allow us to retain more family physicians and more specialists," he said.