- Of the 21,863 students entering medical school in 2019, only 1,626 were Black–-and only 619 were Black males!
The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) has partnered with CommonSpirit Health (CommonSpirit) to create a joint undergraduate and graduate medical education program dedicating to training the next generation of Black health clinicians and researchers.
The $100 million 10-year partnership was inspired by the outbreak of the coronavius and the scourge of racial injustice in the United States.
“Of the 21,863 students entering medical school in 2019, only 1,626 were Black–-and only 619 were Black males,” said Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, in a written statement. “This statistic is alarming for many reasons, not the least of which is the impact on patient care. Studies show that Black patients have better outcomes when treated by Black doctors.”
According to Black Enterprise, the collaboration between Morehouse and CommonSpirit will develop more Black and minority physicians by making sure that a minimum of 300 additional underrepresented providers finish their residency training. MSM and CommonSpirit will establish five new medical schools regionally and graduate medical education programs in at least 10 markets. Those will be announced in spring 2021.
“We are laying the foundation for patients to have more access to Black clinicians and for Black medical students and graduates to gain community-based experience that they need to be successful in their work,” said CommonSpirit president and CEO Lloyd H. Dean. “Our initiative also will create a pathway for healthcare organizations across the nation to follow and share our learnings, a vital part of our work.”
MSM and CommonSpirit are planning to contribute $21 million in seed money in the first two years.
The essence and long-term goal is to lead an initiative that invites the support of individual donors, industry partners, and philanthropic organizations.
“We’re immediately leveraging our partnership to address health inequities magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, as Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” Dean said. “Together, we will foster a culturally competent system of care that includes testing, care delivery, and vaccine allocation, directed at the most vulnerable populations to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in racial and ethnic communities.”
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