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Vanderbilt's medical center to cut incoming class size by 10 percent

November 10th, 2013 1:41 pm by Associated Press

Vanderbilt's medical center to cut incoming class size by 10 percent

NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt University Medical Center is cutting the number of incoming medical and doctoral students for next year by 10 percent.

The Tennessean reports the decision is part of the university's continuing cost-cutting efforts, according to a blog posting by the medical center's chief Jeffrey Balser.

"Our priority must be quality, not quantity," Balser wrote. "So in many cases we are capping the number of trainees in our residency and fellowship programs to assure we can continue to provide the meaningful research and scholarship training experiences that are signatures of the nation's leading clinical training programs."

In September, the university filed a notice with state and local government officials that the medical center would reduce its staff by 1,033 people by the end of the year, as part of an overall effort to cut its operating budget by $250 million over the next two fiscal years.

The 1,033 figure does not include the 300 job cuts already made earlier this past summer.

Vanderbilt currently has 435 medical students enrolled and 745 Ph.D. students. VUMC spokesman John Howser says the 10 percent reduction applies per class.

"Historically, each year's medical school class size has on average of about 102," he said. "Taking this down will result in approximately 10 fewer students."

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