HBCU Health Science Conference

Meharry Medical College to host national conference examining the applicant pool for Health Science careers.

What: Preparing a Competitive HBCU Applicant Pool for Health Sciences Careers

This conference is developed to provide proactive leadership in addressing the vital need to improve the health of our nation through strategic HBCU engagement. The overarching aim for this initiative is to bring more minority scientists and clinicians into the mainstream; provide collaborative interactions among HBCU institutions; and provide interprofessional best practice strategies to identify and overcome barriers to improving educational and health outcomes.

The conference is hosted by Charles R. Drew University (President David M. Carlisle, PhD, MD), Howard University (President Wayne A.I. Fredrick, MD, MBA, FACS), Meharry Medical College (President James E.K Hildreth, PhD, MD), and Morehouse School of Medicine (President Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD). It will include invited keynote presentations by Dr. Marc Nivet, Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Dr. Ivory Toldson, Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs, among others.

Representatives have been invited from all of the 104 HBCU. There will be a half-day special session starting at 10:30 a.m. for HBCU presidents during which time data on the decline of HBCU graduates applying and enrolling in medical school will be presented and discussed.  Other topics will also include follow-up to the AAMC report about minority preparation for health science careers, particularly Black males; and an examination of partnerships to solicit additional funding to support HBCU capacity needs.

When: Monday-Tuesday, June 27-28s, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education, 1011 21st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated solely to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church related institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s ranking of institutions annually lists Meharry as a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit www.mmc.edu to learn more. 

Contact: Conference Secretariat, 404.559.6191, secretariat@HBCUInitiative.com