Government investment to add 16 more seats at Dal Medical School

Dalhousie University

The provincial government is creating sixteen more seats at Dalhousie University's Medical School.

Four seats will be added this school year, which starts at the end of August, and 12 more will be added for the 2020-21 school year for a total of 94 seats for first year students.

Government is investing $300,000 this year for the new seats, and the total annual investment will grow to $4.8 million by the 2023-24 academic year.

The province says in a release that the new seats will be for Nova Scotians, with a focus on students from rural communities, Mi'kmaq and other Indigenous peoples, and African Nova Scotians.

Medical school dean Dr. David Anderson says, "The addition of 16 undergraduate medical school seats is a big step in addressing the needs of Nova Scotians."