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New collaboration seeks to create more Black doctors

December 15, 2020 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A new collaboration aims to create more Black doctors in Tennessee.

Meharry Medical College in Nashville announced Monday that it has partnered with the Memphis institutions of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, University of Memphis and Church Health in an initiative to expand access to education, training and research for Black medical students, news outlets reported.

“Now more than ever, Black communities around the nation, especially here in Tennessee, need greater access to preventative care and to providers that they know and trust — providers who look like them,” said James E.K. Hildreth, Sr., president and CEO of Meharry.

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The collaboration will mean clinical training for students at Meharry and U of M as well as Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare residents. It will also provide university students access to more programs at Meharry, health officials said.

Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO at Methodist Le Bonheur, said he was looking forward to the partnership “because I truly believe it will be transformative for our community and for our healthcare system.”