Morgan State University (MSU) is about to make history. According to CBS News, the Maryland-based educational institution will become the first HBCU to open a new medical school in 45 years.
Dec 14, 2022
Hearing of wedded couples giving back to their alma maters is always a heartwarming story. It pulls on one’s heartstrings, even more, when the school is where the lovebirds both met and married. This beautiful order of events is the love story of Drs. Toni and David Wilkes, who are now paying it forward to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine — Temple University’s medical school. According to Temple Health News, the 1982 graduates have donated $2 million to the school. The intent behind their gift is to establish an endowed scholarship fund for students underrepresented in medicine. “There’s deep purpose in this scholarship, ” said Dr. Toni Wilkes. “In addition to what it means to us, it’s a thank-you to Temple for giving us a superb education.” Dr. David Wilkes added: “Our scholarship is an enactment of principles and priorities that we — and Temple — prize.”
Feb 3, 2022
HBCU medical schools matter! Only 5 percent of practicing physicians are Black according to a study conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges . As racial disparities within the medical field continue to increase, it is vital to create more Black doctors that will know how to care for Black patients who are often neglected. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced that he will make a $100 million donation through Bloomberg Philanthropies, according to a press release . This will be circulated in the form of scholarships for students who are currently enrolled in medical programs at four HBCU medical schools that have been impacted by COVID-19. “COVID-19 has been especially devastating for the Black community, and the scarcity of Black doctors practicing in Black communities is one reason for it,” Bloomberg said in a press statement . The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative was created to increase generational wealth among Black families and...
Sep 3, 2020
This mother-daughter duo is making history together as the first-ever to graduate from medical school at the same time and match at the same hospital. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) reports that Dr. Cynthia Kudji & daughter, Jasmine, both matched at LSU Health in Louisiana after receiving their medical degrees–Cynthia in Family Medicine and Jasmine in General Surgery. The two were thrilled to receive this news on Match Day last month as they studied for years apart at separate schools. Cynthia earned her degree in St. Kitts and Maine from UMHS and her daughter obtained her M.D. from LSU School of Medicine in Louisiana, according to Because of Them We Can . Dr. Cynthia Kudji, who’s originally from Ghana, West Africa, put her dreams of becoming a doctor on hold when she was pregnant with her daughter at just 23-years-old. She went on to become a nurse and worked as an RN and Nurse Practitioner for almost a decade before deciding to attend medical school. Dr....
May 19, 2020