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January 13, 1989

Minority Physician Training: Critical for Improving Overall Health of Nation

JAMA. 1989;261(2):187-189. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420020013003

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WHEN the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools holds its annual symposium for young people interested in the biomedical and biobehavioral sciences this March in Los Angeles, close to 1000 black and other minority high school students will have the opportunity to learn about the rewards—and challenges—these unique institutions offer.

Host for the meeting will be the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, which was dedicated in the Watts section of Los Angeles on Jan 23, 1970—the year most of the current crop of college freshmen were born. Last year the symposium was hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and the previous year by Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. These three institutions, along with Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC (which is not a member of the association), are the only medical schools in the United States with preponderantly black faculty