UW-Madison to pay scholarships after surge in medical school enrollment | Higher Education


The UW-Madison medical school has fallen victim to its own popularity this year, officials say.

More students have accepted offers of admission to this fall’s class at the School of Medicine and Public Health than the program has room for, leading the school to pay scholarships – worth approximately $500,000 over the next four years – to reward future doctors who have rearranged their courses or delayed enrollment to reduce the class to a manageable size.

The medical school can accommodate 176 students each year and typically receives over 5,000 applications.

This year, the school has sent letters of acceptance to 282 applicants, expecting around 40% to decline the offer, said Elizabeth Petty, senior associate dean for academic affairs.

Instead, 196 students, or almost 70%, chose to enroll.

“We were very surprised,” Petty said. “It speaks, I think, to the caliber and reputation of our school (which) continues to grow.”

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The program relies on small group learning and one-on-one clinical teaching, so he couldn’t just expand his classes to add 20 more students, Petty said.

So UW has offered students scholarships to delay their first year of medical school, either by deferring enrollment to a future year or by enrolling this fall in a one-year public health program that some of them they should take it before they graduate anyway. (In addition to their four years of medical school, UW students can also take one year of coursework to earn a master’s degree in public health.)

Seventeen students have decided to enroll in the master’s program now. They will have their tuition for that year covered and will receive a $5,000 award for the remainder of their education.

Three students who postponed their registration will receive a $25,000 scholarship for their medical studies.

A school spokeswoman likened the scholarships to how airlines compensate travelers who take a later flight when one is overbooked.

Private scholarship funds, not taxes or state funding, will cover the cost of scholarships.

The new generation of medical students will begin classes in August.

Petty said she believes more students have accepted UW-Madison’s enrollment offers this year because the school’s national reputation is growing and because its education focuses on topics such as health. public and community which are increasingly of interest to candidates, among other reasons.

“Our school is more popular, she says.

The medical school has more enrollment offers than it has room for each year, as students admitted to UW-Madison can also apply to top schools such as Harvard or Johns Hopkins and choose to go elsewhere. The number of acceptance offers for this year’s class fell slightly from the previous year, when 296 students were admitted.

Given the high enrollment rate this year, Petty said, the medical school “will continue to carefully monitor and adjust its offers of admission in future years” as it decides how many students to accept.

She also noted that UW will have fewer seats to offer in next year’s class as it will have to make room for the 20 students who pushed back their medical classes this year.


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