Thursday, March 13, 2008
The University of Pittsburgh is one of four universities in the nation participating in a pilot program called “Aspiring Docs”, that aims to increase the number of minorities entering the medical field. Paula Davis of Pitt’s School for Health Sciences says currently minorities are underrepresented. Davis says rising costs play a big part withthe average medical school debt more than $100,000. That does not include if the student borrowed for undergraduate studies. The pilot program aims to provide mentors to minority students who show strength in the sciences in an effort to increase the numbers entering the field of medicine.