Casey Introduces Legislation to Support Medical Schools

Legislation Will Boost Jobs, Improve Quality of Medical Care

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced two bills aimed at helping medical schools improve education and research.

“Countless reports in recent years have found that our country needs to educate and train more physicians in order to meet growing need for medical services,” said Senator Casey. “In order to prevent predicted physician shortages, Congress must take action to help bolster medical school construction to spur job creation and increase the number of physicians.”

Senators Casey and Schumer introduced the Medical Education Development Act, which would create grants to fund scholarships, develop academic research programs and residencies, recruit and retain faculty and build infrastructure.

The Senators also introduced the Medical School Construction Grant Act, which would create grants for medical schools to construct new facilities or renovate and improve existing facilities. Newly accredited schools would be given first priority.