Ross University School of Medicine and Tuskegee University Partner to Address Physician Diversity in the U.S.

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    TUSKEGEE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The United States is facing a critical absence of diversity in medicine,
    and the disproportionately low numbers of African-American doctors is
    causing negative health outcomes in communities across the country.
    Reflecting its commitment to improve diversity among the nation’s
    doctors, Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has entered into an
    agreement with Tuskegee University in Alabama to increase the number of
    African-American students who enter medical school at RUSM, and
    ultimately become physicians. This educational pathway allows qualified
    Tuskegee students who earn full acceptance into the medical school to
    receive a scholarship covering full tuition for the first semester.
    These students will spend the first two years of medical school at the
    RUSM campus in Barbados.

    RUSM has a diverse student population with 51 percent of students being
    persons of color. With more than 14,000 alumni, RUSM graduates practice
    in direct patient care in all 50 states, including a high percentage of
    graduates who are in the essential field of primary care. African
    Americans make up only six percent1 of U.S. physicians.
    While most U.S. medical schools had an average of eight African-American
    graduates this past year, RUSM had more than 80.

    “Significantly greater representation in medicine is imperative to the
    health of our communities and our nation, and RUSM’s unique impact and
    portable lessons on medical school diversity promise to reduce health
    disparities,” said RUSM Dean and Chancellor, Dr. William F. Owen, Jr.,
    M.D., FACP. “We are pleased to partner with Tuskegee University. By
    increasing the participation of underrepresented Americans in health
    education we promulgate an opportunity to share in social justice for

    “This is an exciting partnership that I expect will yield tremendous
    dividends for everyone involved — especially for Tuskegee University’s
    students, whose broadening professional opportunities will also mean a
    more diverse medical workforce,” said Tuskegee University President Dr.
    Lily D. McNair. “I look forward to the wonderful opportunities for our
    students and our university, as Tuskegee gains a valuable academic

    “The Alabama Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs applauds Tuskegee
    University and Ross University School of Medicine for tackling the
    long-standing lack of diversity in medicine. The adverse effects
    stemming from a lack of access to care and the pervasiveness of health
    inequality have long been felt, not only across Alabama, but
    nationwide,” said Nichelle Williams Nix, Director of Alabama’s
    Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, which works with Tuskegee and the
    state’s other HBCUs to enhance their collective impact on Alabama’s
    economic and workforce development success.

    RUSM recently announced similar agreements with Florida Agricultural and
    Mechanical University and Charles Drew University of Medicine and
    Science. As part of its continued commitment to addressing diversity in
    medicine, RUSM’s parent company, Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE),
    signed on to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
    Partnership Challenge created by the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU
    Caucus, pledging to invest in creating strategic collaborations with
    HBCUs and working to increase diversity in key workforce sectors.

    Having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, RUSM is part of Adtalem
    Global Education’s medical and healthcare education vertical, which also
    includes American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Sint
    Maarten, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, and
    Chamberlain University, the largest provider of nursing education in the
    United States. Adtalem is a mission-driven educator and workforce
    solutions provider with institutions and companies around the world,
    including the U.S., Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Brazil.

    About Tuskegee University

    Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private,
    state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a
    racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus
    students. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington
    and is one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities
    (HBCUs). Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    Commission on Colleges since 1933, Tuskegee’s academic programs — many
    accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41
    bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities. For more
    information about Tuskegee University, visit

    About Ross University School of Medicine

    Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) is an institution of Adtalem
    Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered
    in the United States. The organization’s purpose is to empower students
    to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to
    our global community. Founded in 1978 and located in Barbados, RUSM has
    more than 14,000 alumni and is committed to educating a diverse group of
    skilled physicians. RUSM is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation
    Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions
    (CAAM-HP). For more information, please visit
    and follow RUSM on Twitter (@RossMedSchool),
    Instagram (@rossmedschool)
    and Facebook (@RossMedSchool).

    About Adtalem Global Education

    The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to
    achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to
    our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member
    S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the
    parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil (IBMEC, Damásio and
    Wyden institutions), American University of the Caribbean School of
    Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists,
    Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, Ross
    University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary
    Medicine. For more information, please visit
    and follow us on Twitter (@adtalemglobal)
    and LinkedIn.

    1 U.S. Census, 2016 American Community Survey, PUMS 1-year


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