Education: New Prescription: Intensive Care

A struggling black medical college gets some federal medicine

Over the past century, Meharry Medical College in Nashville has trained 40% of the nation's practicing black doctors and dentists, most of whom have provided health care to the poor. Yet despite this vital contribution, Meharry has been struggling lately to maintain its mission, and even its existence. Over the past decade, the nation's larger and better-known medical schools have adopted affirmative-action admissions policies that have siphoned off some of Meharry's best talent. Hubbard Hospital, Meharry's teaching facility, has been running into heavy debt. Meharry students have not enjoyed access to residencies at...

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