by Kevin Lamár Peterman
Physicians, surgeons, nurses, scientist and medical practitioners are essential to the daily functioning of society. A societal void would exist if individuals did not commit themselves to these professions. Thankfully, for more than a century, our nation has been gifted with institutions that prepare students for careers in medicine and scientific research. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights four predominately Black medical institutions.
1) Meharry Medical College (HBCU)—Nashville, TN
Meharry Medical College was founded as the medical department of Central Tennessee College in 1876 by the United Methodist Church. Located in Nashville, TN, the department later became an independent college in 1915. Today the College is a comprehensive medical institution that includes a school of medicine, a school of dentistry and a school of graduate studies and research. A recent report ranked Meharry as one of the nation’s top five producers of primary care physicians.
2) Howard University College of Medicine (HBCU)—Washington, DC
The Howard University College of Medicine opened its doors in the fall of 1866 in Washington, DC. It is this nation’s oldest historically Black academic medical institution. The College offers the following degrees; Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (MS) and Master of Public Health (MPH).The mission of the College of Medicine includes improving health care through training programs and initiatives, discovering knowledge through research and supporting the education and training of postgraduate physicians, other healthcare providers and graduate students in biomedical sciences.
3) Charles R. Drew School of Medicine and Science (HBCU)—Los Angeles, CA
The Charles R. Drew School of Medicine was founded in 1966 in Los Angeles, CA. The College is named after Charles Richard Drew, a physician and Howard University professor whose pioneered methods of storing blood plasma for transfusion and organized the first large-scale blood bank in the U.S. The school offers degrees that include; Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Medicine (MD). Several associate, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate are also offered degrees.
4) Morehouse School of Medicine (HBCU)—Atlanta, GA
Originally organized in 1975 as the medical department of Morehouse College, the Morehouse School of Medicine is located in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) in Atlanta, GA. The medical school became a private independently chartered institution in 1981. Degrees offered by the school include: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS), Master of Science in Biomedical Research (MSBR), Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR), Master of Science in Biomedical Technology (MSBT), and Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSNS).
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