LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine and Dillard University Create Medical Schools Pipeline Program
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) School of Medicine and Dillard University have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Guaranteed Maintenance Program at LSU.
The MOU represents each institution’s goal to increase the number of African American and Latin American students from historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Louisiana who apply to LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. The Guaranteed Interview Program certifies that Dillard University students who meet the specified criteria included in the Memorandum of Understanding will be invited to an interview with the Admissions Committee of LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine.
The MOU will come into effect on July 1, 2021 and will remain in effect until terminated by either party. “LSU Health Shreveport is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students attending and graduating from our medical school. We are working diligently to provide a clear path to achieve this goal, ”said Dr. David Lewis, Dean of LSUHS School of Medicine and Acting Chancellor. Pre-health counselor and coordinator of summer programs and grants at Dillard, Tracie Thomas, shared similar sentiments. “This MOU also signifies LSU Shreveport School of Medicine’s commitment through its Diversity Affairs office to enhance the diversity of its admissions pool by intentionally considering qualified student applicants from HBCUs in our. State, ”she said. In 2019, Dillard students attended the LSUHS HBCU Educational Conference and the MOU will strengthen LSUHS and Dillard’s commitment to progressive opportunities for Black and Latinx academics.
“This Memorandum of Understanding is another indication for our pre-health students that we are committed to creating opportunities that give them access to medical schools so that they are one step closer to achieving their dreams of becoming. physicians, ”Dr. Yolanda Page, vice president for academic affairs said in a statement.
LSU Health Shreveport is home to northern Louisiana’s only medical school and one of only three in the state. Medical students interact with patients from their first semester and learn from a combination of lectures, small groups, standardized patient exercises, and clinical skills throughout their training.