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Ochsner to pay med school in exchange for 5-year commitment

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BATON ROUGE, La. (The Advocate) — The head of Ochsner Health System says the company will start paying the medical school education of students who commit to work with Ochsner in Louisiana for five years. The Advocate reported that Warner Thomas spoke Wednesday during a meeting at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. The program will start with 30 students this summer. Thomas cited the tight labor market. He says the health system also will pay for current employees who want to advance in their career from a licensed practical nurse to a registered nurse or from a medical assistant to an LPN. The company has set aside about $10 million for the tuition-paying programs.

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