Medicine in The us underwent a radical transformation in 1910. This was the 12 months the Flexner Report was published, a doc that evaluated the country’s professional medical educational facilities and known as for sweeping improve to the entire healthcare training technique. The report’s tips in the end led to the closure of about 75% of U.S. professional medical educational facilities, including five of the then seven Black healthcare faculties.

For the next episode of “Color Code,” we reflect on the Flexner Report and look at the ripple effects it experienced on clinical instruction that are even now felt currently, specifically for Black medical doctors.

The two Black professional medical universities that survived the Flexner Report were Howard College in D.C. and Meharry Health care College or university in Nashville. The remaining 5 were being completely shuttered. Some estimates suggest that experienced these educational facilities not closed, they may possibly have helped educate some 30,000-35,000 Black doctors more than the previous century.


In the biochemistry lab at Meharry Health-related College or university in Nashville in 1956, two college students have out an experiment underneath the supervision of Dr. H.D. West (left), the school’s fifth president and very first Black president. AP
the Hubbard Training School for Nurses
During the time the Hubbard Education College for Nurses was set up, a nurses’ house was built to accommodate the college, staff members, and scholar nurses. Graduate registered nurses, 1 dietician, a matron of the dwelling, and 60 pupils resided here. Hubbard Clinic was proven as a division of the Meharry Professional medical Faculty, opening its doorways in 1910. Courtesy Sandra Parham/Meharry Professional medical Faculty

In this episode, you will hear from Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, a resident health practitioner at Brigham and Women’s Hospital about his activities as a Black healthcare college student. Sandra Parham, a librarian from Meharry Professional medical College, tells us about the early days of the school immediately after the Flexner Report. Todd Savitt, a historian of drugs at East Carolina College, demonstrates on who Abraham Flexner was and Terri Laws, who teaches health and fitness and human providers and African and African American scientific studies at the College of Michigan, shares her insight into the legacy of Flexner’s work.

Meharry Healthcare School’s Class of 1916 in Nashville. Wikimedia Commons

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