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IN THE MEDIA: Dean Flaherty Thinks RUSM Can Help Solve These Two Problems

June 29, 2016

Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, Dean and Chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine

Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, Dean and Chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has been sounding the alarm about an impending physician shortage in the United States for some time now. Per the latest AAMC projections, released in April 2016, the United States may be short 61,700 and 94,700 physicians by 2025, up by several thousand from last year's forecast.

Within those numbers lies another trend: Fewer African-American men are becoming doctors, even though more black men are graduating from college. As a medical school that embraces and encourages physician workforce diversity, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) aims to be part of the solution to both of these problems.

RUSM has trained several thousands of physicians for practice in the United States, and graduated 179 African American and Hispanic students in calendar year 2015 – accounting for about 15% of RUSM graduates for that time period, a figure above the 2015 national average for U.S. medical school graduates for those two groups.

Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, Dean and Chancellor of Ross University School of Medicine, authored an article for Crain’s Chicago Business that explores these issues further—and reveals that there are already models in place to help solve them.

Read the article here.

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