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We're not healthy until we all are healthy

A historic partnership

Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine is one of America’s leading educators of primary care physicians. Though there are 155 accredited medical schools in the U.S., the majority of the nation’s Black physicians are trained at Morehouse School of Medicine and the nation’s three other historically Black medical schools.

CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health is one of America’s largest nonprofit health systems, with 150,000 employees, 140 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites in 21 states. Formed in 2019 through the combination of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health, CommonSpirit is one of the leading providers for underserved communities.

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What we’re achieving together

Over the next 10 years, we will train more culturally competent providers by increasing enrollment and tripling the number of graduate medical education slots for residency. We’re already hard at work:

Undergraduate training site CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, TN (September 2021)

Undergraduate training sites in Lexington, KY and Seattle, WA (2022)

Seeking accreditation for three new graduate medical education programs in Santa Cruz, Ventura County and Bakersfield

Transferring the academic sponsorship of a graduate medical education program based in Los Angeles to Morehouse School of Medicine

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG

Now, more than ever before, the world needs what we do best. At MSM, we believe that instilling cultural competence in our future physicians is a key part of closing the health equity gap.

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG

President and CEO of Morehouse School of Medicine

Lloyd H. Dean

We know first-hand that there can be no justice or equity unless every person has access to healthcare. Health for every person can only happen with a culturally competent workforce that engages with, reflects, and includes our communities.

Lloyd H. Dean

CEO of CommonSpirit Health

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Transforming medical education

Create new opportunities

Building a more diverse healthcare system means identifying challenges and creating solutions to support clinicians throughout their journey from student to licensed professional.

This includes working directly with graduate schools to expand residency slots, creating new opportunities for students to match for residency, and developing a strong pipeline of students from communities with a historical physician shortage.

More in Common Alliance will:

  • Recruit students from underserved communities to spend their first two years of study at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
  • Establish regional medical school training sites in underserved areas, where students will continue their medical training.
  • Create graduate medical education programs in markets with CommonSpirit Health facilities.
  • Pave a path for like-minded healthcare organizations to follow.

Join Us

If you believe in the advancement of health equity in underserved communities, we need your support.

Your commitment will establish infrastructure and ensure long-term sustainability of programs through endowed and named opportunities and support for capital needs:

  • Campus buildings
  • Student housing
  • Equipment
  • Endowed faculty
  • Programmatic support
  • Research programs
  • Student scholarships

The More in Common Alliance will focus our combined resources, reach, expertise, and experience to address health disparities among underserved populations. Together, Morehouse School of Medicine and CommonSpirit Health can improve — and transform — lives by making better access, quality, delivery, and equity in healthcare a reality for everyone.

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