A Fort Worth businessman’s benevolence will allow the inaugural class at Fort Worth’s new medical school to receive free tuition for their first year of school.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the first M.D. program students at the new Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine will be called Dorman Scholars in honor of Paul Dorman, chairman and CEO of Fort Worth-based DFB Pharmaceuticals.
The schools did not disclose the amount of the donation for the H. Paul Dorman Scholarship Program, but the Star-Telegram quoted TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini describing it as “a ton of money.”
“This school will change the medical and economic landscape of our community and I can’t wait to meet the students who make up the first class.”
The medical school is a partnership with TCU and the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and graduates will receive an M.D. It is scheduled to open in July 2019.
Dornan said in a statement that the program is intended to be a spark for Fort Worth.
“I understand the need for exceptionally trained physicians, and I believe the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine team is creating the right formula to prepare students to practice medicine in the future.” Dornan said in the statement. “This school will change the medical and economic landscape of our community and I can’t wait to meet the students who make up the first class.”
The economic impact of the new M.D. program was projected a press conference Monday to be $1.7 billion by 2030.
The start date for the new medical school was pushed back a year, the Star-Telegram reported and the new M.D. program will be renting space at TCU and at the Health Science Center’s campus in Fort Worth.
The Health Science Center campus already has the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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