Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school will offer free tuition for the first five classes that enter the institution, the health system announced this week.

The school, which will focus heavily on integrating population health management strategies into traditional physician education, has received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and plans to open its doors in 2020 in Pasadena, CA.

“Kaiser Permanente is driving to transform health and health care in America, and the School of Medicine will play an important role in this transformation. The school will help shape the future of medical education and train physicians for medical excellence and the total health of their patients,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals.

“The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will also reflect our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion by training diverse physicians to serve the needs of society.”

Four years of tuition will be completely free for anyone entering the school in the first five years of operations, potentially allowing an economically diverse group of prospective physicians to take advantage of the data-driven and evidence-driven approach to training.

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