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From the President and Dean
Dr. Valerie 
Montgomery Rice
At Morehouse School of Medicine, we believe health equity means giving people what they need, when they need it, and in the amount they need in order to reach their optimal level of health. As our National Center for Primary Care co-director, George Rust, M.D., said at Morehouse School of Medicine's 31st Convocation, White Coat, and Pinning Ceremony: "health disparities are not inevitable and health equity is achievable."  

The fundamental question becomes where do we start. I believe we start with learners. Health science students, whether they are M.D., Ph.D., or master's degree students, are the future of health care. They go on to become the physicians, scientists, and health care professionals seeking solutions to improve community health, patient care, research, and health care delivery. In order to meet the ever-evolving demands of our nation, they must be culturally competent and sensitive to the demands of today's patients and communities.

The face of America is changing. As leaders, we must begin to ask the tough questions about the health of our nation's citizens, particularly the least of those among us.   

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Featured Video:
MSM Bridging the Gap Between Health care and Health

With the launch of the 2015-2020 strategic plan, Morehouse School of Medicine positions itself to "lead the creation and advancement of health equity" through enhanced programs and innovative initiatives in education, research, and patient care. In the video above, learn how our physicians are building bridges between health care and health. 


Translating Discovery Into Health Equity

MSM and Emory Univ. School of Medicine collaborate in heart study

  With funding from the American Heart Association (AHA), Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and Emory University School of Medicine have joined forces to establish the MSM/Emory Cardiovascular (MECA) Center for Health Equity. The research will focus on the social and environmental factors that determine cardiovascular 'risk' and 'resilience' in the black population to find ways to reduce risk, disease and death.

"Because not all blacks have poor heart health, their 'resilience' helps us better understand what works for those who are free of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure," said Herman Taylor, (above), director of MSM's Cardiovascular Research Institute who's PI of the grant.   


Preparing Future Health Learners and Leaders

31st Convocation, White Coat & Pinning Ceremony Welcomes New Class of Health Care Professionals

Morehouse School of Medicine recently ushered in the new academic year with its 31st Convocation, White Coat and Pinning Ceremony. On Sept. 11, MSM board members, faculty, staff, and alumni joined family and friends of the new entering class as 159 new students processed into the National Center for Primary Care Auditorium. The entering class is the largest in the 40-year history of the school and is a part of the school's strategic plan to meet the healthcare needs of the state of Georgia and the nation through a diversified culturally competent student body.

George Rust, M.D., co-director of the National Center for Primary Care, served as the keynote speaker and empowered the young professionals to serve as heroes, remembering to be kind, be intelligent, and be important.  "Be kind first then be smart," Dr. Rust said. "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." 

October 3

16th Annual Breast Cancer Walk - Morehouse College

October 4

MSM Football Game Day with the Atlanta Falcons

October 15

Georgia Community Health Worker Statewide Summit

October 18
AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run

November 2
National Medical Fellowship Champions of Health Awards

Leading the creation and advancement of health equity

September 2015

News Briefs

Hank and Billye Aaron give $3 million for MSM Student Pavillion

Morehouse School of Medicine announced a $3 million gift from baseball legend Hank Aaron and his wife, Billye Aaron, at the school's 31st Convocation, White Coat, and Pinning Ceremony,  The new pavilion will be an expansion of the Hugh Gloster Building and serve as the hub for student collaboration, education, and study.

Click here to read article reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

We Need More Black Men in Medicine

A recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) details the consistent decline of black male applicants to medical school. 

Click here to read President Montgomery Rice's op-ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about this issue.
 20th Annual HeLa Women's Health Conference

Morehouse School of Medicine recently convened scientists, physicians, students, and women's health advocates for the 20th Annual HeLa Women's Health Conference titled, "Precision Medicine and Health Equity." Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, delivered the keynote address.. 

The HeLa Conference celebrates the legacy of Hennrietta Lacks and her long-standing contribution to science. Doctors in the 1950s took Mrs. Lacks' cells without her consent, launching a medical revolution. Click here for more information.

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