Saint Peter’s University Enters Agreement to Increase Physician Diversity
Saint Peter’s University and Ross University are collaborating to increase the enrollment of Hispanic students opting to study medicine in Ross’ School of Medicine (RUSM).
Students at Saint Peter’s, which is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), will be eligible to enroll in the medical school and receive a scholarship covering full tuition for the first semester.
The decision was taken to increase diversity in the U.S. physician workforce, particularly among the country’s Hispanic population, and address the negative health outcomes in communities across the country as a result of disproportionately low numbers of Hispanic doctors.
“The U.S. needs more Hispanic and Latino physicians if the medical profession is to serve our communities effectively,” said William F. Owen, Jr chancellor of RUSM. “We’re working to address that long-overdue challenge to increase the diversity of our nation’s physicians by partnering with Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), using novel student engagements, validated support programs and senior-level commitments to success.”
RUSM’s parent company, Adtalem Global Education, has also signed on to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Partnership Challenge, created by the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus to increase diversity in the workforce.
Earlier this year, the university entered similar agreements with the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Dillard University and Tuskegee University to increase diversity in medicine.