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DMC partners with historically black medical college to expand student training in Detroit

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 22:29:32-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Medical Center announced Monday the expansion of a partnership with Meharry Medical College, an Historically Black College in Nashville, Tennessee, that will provide additional medical education and training for Meharry students in metro Detroit.

“DMC’s focus on serving as a leading academic medical institution remains as strong as ever with training and education core to our mission,” said Anthony Tedeschi, M.D., DMC’s chief executive officer. “We are committed to all of our academic partner relationships, and this expanded affiliation with Meharry provides even more medical students with an optimum learning environment. There are few other instructional settings with the type of patient diversity found at the Detroit Medical Center.”

The two-year agreement will increase the number of medical students across all DMC hospitals, according to a news release. The program began in July 2018, with Meharry medical students training at the DMC's Sinai-Grace Hospital. With the new agreement, more students will be added to the program.

“Meharry understands that Detroit is facing a shortage of primary care physicians,” said Veronica Mallett, M.D., MMM senior vice president of health affairs and dean of Meharry Medical College School of Medicine. “By providing our students early exposure, they will think of the DMC for residency and possibly return to further their training. This pipeline could ultimately help the citizens of Detroit through improved access to quality of healthcare.”