The cost of attending medical school can be astronomical, with the average student incurring at least $200,000 in loans. Healthcare organization, Kaiser Permanente, is launching a free medical school to help potential doctors combat this. For the first five years, graduating classes will attend school tuition-free, the organization announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The school, which has received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education, hopes that students will be encouraged to pursue lesser-paying medical professions without the worry of paying back student loans. Students will not attend lecture-based classes, instead of participating in "integrated clerkships, working directly with the rest of the hospital's staff to help treat patients.
The school will begin opening applications in June 2019.
Correction: A previous version of this story stated that a college counselor quoted was named Jonathan Goldsmith. His name is Jonathan Wolf.