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WVU’s new path to M.D. degree will reduce student debt, address state’s health needs

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West Virginia University School of Medicine students can compete for a spot in the new Mountaineer Accelerated Track to Enter Residency, or MATTER program, which provides a fast-track curriculum option— allowing students to graduate earlier and with less debt. Beginning with the Class of 2022, entering in August, medical students can shave one semester off the four-year program. The program is aimed at getting medical professionals into patient care sooner to meet the state’s health needs and to help minimize student loan debt.

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“The sooner we can get the next class of highly trained medical professionals into our communities, the bigger the impact on the patient’s health. MATTER allows us to fast-track a few of our highest performing students, helping them to enter the workforce faster while delivering access to quality care and resources in the communities they serve.” – Dr. Clay B. Marsh, WVU’s vice president and executive dean for health sciences

“Fortunately, at WVU, we have faculty and students serving on the medical degree curriculum committee who do not shy away from educational innovation. We continue to look for ways to distinguish our programs and be responsive to the changing needs of the field while attracting talented students.” – Scott Cottrell, associate dean for student services and curriculum

Website: Mountaineer Accelerated Track to Enter Residency

Link to original story: WVU School of Medicine launches new advance track curriculum to help lessen student debt 

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Current and prospective medical students

Parents of prospective medical students

People interested in student loan debt

People interested in academic innovation  



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