Morgan State University has received approval to determine the feasibility of opening a school of osteopathic medicine at the historically Black university in Baltimore. The board of regents is permitting the university to evaluate the terms of an affiliation agreement with Salud Education. The company has worked with seven other colleges of medicine in the U.S. and internationally.
The proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine would be the first new medical school at a historically Black college or university in nearly 45 years and the first osteopathic medical school at an HBCU in history. It would also be the only such school offering a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in a region spanning Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.
David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, stated that “we have an obligation, given our mission and charge, to explore any and all possibilities to create meaningful educational opportunities for our students. Seeking a strategic alignment with a proven partner in the development of medical colleges places Morgan in a strong position to do just that while keeping a focus on the larger implications of this for increasing diversity in the physician workforce. This is a unique opportunity not only to further the progress happening at Morgan but to do so in a way that could also reap huge benefits for the City of Baltimore, the State, and the nation.”
President Wilson added that “given the dearth of African Americans who are entering and graduating from medical school today, it is imperative that Morgan position itself as a viable destination and pipeline for those pursuing degrees in medicine within this underrepresented group. It was disheartening to learn that little to no significant progress in increasing the number of African-American males, in particular, in medical school has occurred in nearly 50 years. Morgan can make a difference by bringing a medical school to the campus that aspires to benefit all.”