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KMC to Consider Pact With Foreign Med School

May 25, 2012

The Kern County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal next Tuesday to allow a foreign medical school from the Caribbean to cycle 100 students a year through the clinical rotation program at Kern Medical Center.

The Ross University School of Medicine would pay Kern County $3.5 million a year for 10 years for the program, if it’s approved by the board. KMC currently has students from UCLA and several other Caribbean medical schools in its program.

KMC’s CEO Paul Hensler says that under the proposed new agreement, the hospital would continue to accept students from other schools, but Ross University would be the primary affiliate of the hospital.

The county says that Ross University students score consistently high test scores, and many are from California, with undergraduate degrees from UC schools.

Special funding for this program comes from the California HealthCare Foundation