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Fund promotes rural medicine

A new fund will allow more third year medical students to experience the benefits and rewards of practicing rural medicine. The Ernest G. DeBakey Rural Education Fund was established to expand clerkship opportunities outside the New Orleans area to a variety of rural placement sites. These sites will include new areas of Louisiana, southern Mississippi and Alabama.

Dr. Ernest G. DeBakey
Dr. Ernest G. DeBakey

Lack of funding has made expansion into new rural areas and partnering with new physicians a challenge because of student housing and travel costs. The Ernest G. DeBakey Rural Education Fund will provide funding for these expenses, allowing more students to develop strong relationships with practicing physicians and a new community.

"We have wonderful physicians throughout the Gulf South who are eager and willing to act as preceptors to our students. We are thrilled that the Ernest G. DeBakey Charitable Foundation has given us the opportunity to expand to these different areas," says Dr. Edwin Dennard, chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine.

The Ernest G. DeBakey Charitable Foundation is named in memory of the late Dr. Ernest G. DeBakey (PHAR '30, M '39). Ernest DeBakey and his brother Dr. Michael DeBakey (A&S '30, M '32, G '35) were both graduates of the medical school and held strong ties to the university. The foundation also provides full scholarship support for one medical student for the duration of their four years at Tulane University School of Medicine. Marsha DeBakey, president of the Ernest G. DeBakey Charitable Foundation, says her husband had a special place in his heart for both rural medicine and Tulane medical school.

"It is a rewarding feeling to send someone out in the world with a marvelous education. Imagine the number of people they help during their lifetime," says DeBakey.

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