There is an increasing trend in the United States to attribute names to medical schools in addition to that of the host university. For example, a recent news report stated the following:
At present, 19 of 126 US medical schools (15%) have such names. These appellations include famous scientists (Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University), politicians (F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), and religious figures (San Juan Bautista School of Medicine). In this Commentary, we consider the ethical and practical dilemmas created by naming medical schools after rich and philanthropic individuals who make “transformative” gifts to medical schools and are rewarded with the renaming of the school in the donor's name.
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