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Morgan State University Set To Become The First HBCU To Open A Medical School In 45 Years

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Morgan State University (MSU) is on the verge of making history.

According to CBS News, the Maryland-based educational institution will be the first HBCU in 45 years to build a new medical school.

A Win For Maryland HBCUs

The year 2021 was a watershed moment for HBCUs in Maryland.

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According to The Washington Post, Coppin State University, Bowie State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Morgan State University won a $577 million lawsuit against the state owing to inadequate financing.

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The motion has been in the works for 15 years.

 

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The Partnership

Now, in partnership with Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital, MSU will launch a for-profit, private medical school.

They are aiming to open their doors in 2024.

“Let’s do this for Baltimore, let’s do this for our community,” said the Founding Dean of the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU, Dr. John Sealey, according to CBS.

Addressing The Needs Of Others

The medical school, once established, will house 700 students and 150 personnel. The school’s establishment aims to provide underserved minority students with the opportunity to experience everything that Baltimore has to offer, while also addressing the nation’s need for more physicians.

“There’s a shortage in the next 10 years, anywhere between 35,000 to 120,000 physicians in the United States of America,” Ascension St. Agnes Chief Medical Officer, Jon D’Souza said, according to CBS. “We want to make sure we’re doing our part in training the next generation and we also want to make sure that the physicians we’re training are coming from the community they’re going to serve.”

According to D’Souza, students will receive training that cannot be found everywhere.

“It’s going to have a strong emphasis on population health,” he also said, CBS reports. “That means we don’t just fix a problem when it becomes a medical issue, we work within communities to prevent problems.”

 

 

 

 

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