The report that curtailed Black medical schooling for over a century

Medicine in America underwent a radical transformation in 1910. This was the yr the Flexner…

Medicine in America underwent a radical transformation in 1910. This was the yr the Flexner Report was printed, a doc that evaluated the nation’s skilled medical universities and referred to as for sweeping enhance to the total well being care schooling and studying process. The report’s ideas lastly led to the closure of about 75% of U.S. medical colleges, which embody 5 of the then 7 Black health-related faculties.

For the 2nd episode of “Colour Code,” we replicate upon the Flexner Report and check out the ripple results it skilled on scientific education which are however felt these days, notably for Black medical docs.

The 2 Black scientific colleges that survived the Flexner Report ended up Howard College in D.C. and Meharry Medical College in Nashville. The remaining 5 have been being fully shuttered. Some estimates suggest that skilled folks colleges not shut, they might effectively have served train some 30,000-35,000 Black medical professionals in extra of the sooner century.


Within the biochemistry lab at Meharry Well being-related Larger schooling in Nashville in 1956, two college students perform an experiment underneath the supervision of Dr. H.D. West (left), the college’s fifth president and to start out with Black president. AP

the Hubbard Training School for Nurses
In the middle of the time the Hubbard Education School for Nurses was based, a nurses’ residence was constructed to accommodate the college, workers members, and scholar nurses. Graduate registered nurses, 1 dietician, a matron of the family, and 60 pupils resided right here. Hubbard Hospital was arrange as a division of the Meharry Medical School or college, opening its doorways in 1910. Courtesy Sandra Parham/Meharry Healthcare School

On this episode, you’ll hear from Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, a resident medical skilled at Brigham and Ladies’s Healthcare facility about his ordeals as a Black scientific scholar. Sandra Parham, a librarian from Meharry Healthcare School, tells us concerning the early occasions of the school instantly after the Flexner Report. Todd Savitt, a historian of drugs at East Carolina School, displays on who Abraham Flexner was and Terri Laws, who teaches total well being and human options and African and African American analysis on the School of Michigan, shares her notion into the legacy of Flexner’s do the job.

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Meharry Healthcare College’s Course of 1916 in Nashville. Wikimedia Commons

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