Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, two historically Black educational institutions in Nashville, Tennessee, have entered into a partnership agreement. The partnership gives Fisk University students focused on a career as a physician or dentist a clearly specified pathway. Under the agreement, Fisk University undergraduate students who meet strict criteria will be admitted directly into medical or dental school at Meharry.
Meharry President James E.K. Hildreth Sr. stated that partnership is important to the goal of increasing the pipeline of African Americans entering health care professions. “Over the past several years, the trend has gone in the wrong direction,” Dr. Hildreth said. “We are committed to changing this trajectory.”
Kevin D. Rome Sr., president of Fisk University, stated that “Fisk and Meharry have always been wonderful partners and we are committed to recruiting more aspiring health professionals and medical doctors.”
Fisk University officials hope that the partnership will help to boost the university’s enrollment and will attract more high caliber students bound for the medical professions.