July 3, 1974
U.S. Senator Vance Hartke announced a grant from the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare to the Indiana University School of Medicine for $2,050,000 to increase the number of physicians practicing in Indiana.
The grant was, in part, a response to a recurring nationwide physician shortage. Post-World-War-Two confidence in modern medicine as well as population growth had increased public demand for medical services. The IU School of Medicine increased medical-student enrollments to meet the demand. It also moved first-year medical education from the Bloomington campus to Indianapolis to boost the number of graduating physicians.
Today, the IU School of Medicine and other medical schools throughout the country still work to prevent a physician shortage. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, “the United States could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, impacting patient care across the nation.” In recent years, the IUSM has worked to raise enrollment with help from community organizations and philanthropic groups. In 2009, The Wishard Foundation received a $2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to increase the number of minority physicians trained in Indiana. In response, the IU Medical Group committed a $2 million challenge grant for the scholarships endowment, providing one additional dollar for every two dollars raised, seeking to raise a total of $4 million to maximize the challenge grant. It was expected that the $6 million endowment would provide full tuition grants for 10 minority students in perpetuity. At the time, less that 4 percent of Indiana physicians were African American, and less than 3 percent were Hispanic.
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