Part of the problems plaguing our cities and other poor areas is lack of access to medical services. When medical students graduate, they are often so burdened with debt that they want to make as much money as possible to pay their college and medical school debts.
A New Jersey physician has decided to change that.
Dr. Leon Smith of Roseland, the former chairman of St. Michael's Hospital in Newark, has a wonderful idea: He will finance scholarships -- paying the full tuition -- for 12 medical students to study at St. George University's School of Medicine in Grenada, and when they graduate the new doctors must practice for at least 7 years in medically underserved areas of the country.
Isn't that wonderful? In this way, we get doctors in places that need them most and they don't have to worry about being in debt for years to come.