Detroit Medical Center and Meharry Medical College Expand Medical Student Training Affiliation

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Meharry Medical College (MMC), based in Nashville, Tenn., today announced the expansion of their affiliation to provide additional medical education and training for Meharry students in the Metro Detroit area. This new, two-year agreement will increase the number of medical students across all DMC hospitals.

Tony Tedeschi, M.D., chief executive officer . DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and Tonita R. Cheatham, group director DMC

Detroit Medical Center initially began accepting students into the program in July 2018. Currently, Meharry has medical students training at DMC’s Sinai-Grace Hospital, and, with the new agreement, more students will be added.

“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.”

Bishop Charles H. Ellis; Tonita R. Cheatham, group director, DMC; and Richard Solomon, chairman and chief executive officer, Strategic Partners International

Detroit Medical Center is one the largest academic institutions in the U.S., with more than 100 years of providing medical education and training. The DMC currently sponsors more than 100 residency and fellowship programs, training more than 1,000 physicians annually.

As an academic health sciences center, MMC exists to improve the wellbeing of minority groups and underserved populations by offering exceptional education and rigorous training programs. This year alone, Meharry received thousands of applications for its M.D., D.D.S., MSPH, and Ph.D. programs, providing enormous opportunities for people from various diverse backgrounds facing different degrees of difficult circumstances. Upon graduation, more than 48 percent of Meharry’s alumni choose to serve as primary care physicians in various underserved communities across the country.

“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, 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 healthcare.”

DMC remains on the cutting edge of healthcare research, diagnosis and treatment in cardiology, trauma, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and emergency medicine. The union between these two renowned institutions will further solidify their positions as premier academic destinations.

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