Breaking Barriers: The Rise of Black Medical Schools

Breaking Barriers: The Rise of Black Medical Schools

November 1, 2023 0

After nearly half a century, the number of Black medical schools in our nation is growing.

Starting with the latest addition: the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in Los Angeles. This independent four-year medical program officially opened its doors in July, welcoming 60 talented students eager to make a difference. CDU joins the esteemed ranks of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. John W. Sealey. CDU has graduated more than 900 physicians since 1981 through a joint program with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Each of these institutions has a unique story and a shared mission: to address healthcare disparities and increase the number of black physicians in our communities. .

CDU’s commitment to addressing racial health disparities dates back to its founding in 1966, stemming from the dedicated work of Dr. Charles R. Drew. This visionary Black surgeon and researcher’s legacy lives on, as CDU prepares a new generation of talented and compassionate healthcare professionals.

But CDU isn’t alone in this journey. Morgan State University and Xavier University of Louisiana have plans to launch their own medical schools, expanding the ranks of black medical institutions to six. Morgan State’s proposed Maryland College of Osteopathic Medicine will be the first new medical school affiliated with a historically black college or university (HBCU). This project aims to close the representation gap in healthcare, reflecting the communities they serve.

Xavier University of Louisiana, the nation’s sole Historically Black Catholic university, has a proven record of preparing black students for medical careers. Now, they’re ready to launch their own medical school alongside a Graduate School of Health Sciences. This collaborative effort with Ochsner Health in Louisiana envisions a diverse and capable healthcare workforce that addresses systemic inequities.

The resurgence of black medical schools is a significant stride forward, challenging the disparities that have effected our communities. It’s a reminder to aspiring black doctors that they belong possess the power to transform lives despite any obstacles they may face.We must co and support our aspiring black doctors, reminding them that they have a vital place in this noble profession and possess the power t

BMI Staff
BMI Staff