CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE) – With an estimated 120,000 physician shortages in the US by 2030, tens of thousands of medical students at home and abroad learned last week where and how they will help solve the problem. The so-called Match Day is now gaining traction as medical students match residencies and scholarships in the United States. And with nearly 25% of all US physicians studying in international medical schools (IMGs), these institutions are driving positive change in the US healthcare system. Adtalem Global Education Medical Schools, American University of the Caribbean Medical School (AUC), and Ross University Medical School (RUSM) had 946 students.
At the AUC in Sint Maarten, 338 students matched, having attended hospitals across the US, but what they do after the match matters most. Sixty percent of AUC graduates choose to practice as primary care physicians, a rate nearly 25 percent higher than that of medical school graduates in mainland America and in the area of greatest expected medical shortage (35,000 by 2025). The AUC recently announced the launch of a new medical education program in the UK in September 2019 to bring more doctors into global health systems.
“When they go together, AUC students bring their global healthcare experience and perspective as they make a difference in rural, low-income, low-income areas in the US – by meeting the need for labor in critical areas across the country,” said AUC Executive Dean. Heidi Chumley, MD “A truly global perspective and perspective is becoming increasingly important in the diverse health community of our country. This informs our students and drives them to use these opportunities to serve their communities. ”
The diversity between medical students and doctors is another deficit of the health system. Last year, the graduating classes at each US medical school had an average of just eight Black / African American students, and even fewer Hispanics and Latinos. Although these groups make up more than 31 percent of the US population, they make up less than 11 percent of US medical school graduates. Barbados-based RUSM is bucking the trend, graduating 83 Black / African American students and 51 Hispanic students in the last year alone. The medical school has made the increasing diversity of physicians a top priority and has focused on key initiatives such as partnering with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Spanish-speaking institutions (HSIs) across the country to provide avenues for under-represented minority students to attend medical school create. The school announced that 82 Black / African American students and 61 Hispanic students matched, with the total number of RUSM games reaching 608.
“RUSM students who matched not only help address the country’s medical shortage, they also help transform the diversity of doctors needed,” said RUSM Dean and Chancellor William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP. “The medical faculties in our country are committed to promoting diversity. This is critical to the well-being of underserved and underrepresented populations. The low representation of Black / African American and Hispanic doctors is contributing to unfavorable and unequal health outcomes across America, and RUSM is committed to making effective change in this important area. ”
AUC and RUSM are part of Adtalem Global Education, which also includes the Veterinary Faculty of Ross University in St. Kitts and Chamberlain University, the largest nursing school in the United States. Adtalem is an enterprise-focused solution provider to the workforce with institutions and corporations around the world including the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Brazil.
Via the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The AUC’s mission is to educate tomorrow’s physicians whose service to their communities and patients is enhanced through international learning experiences, a diverse learning community, and an emphasis on social responsibility and engagement. AUC was founded in 1978 and has more than 6,500 graduates. AUC is dedicated to developing physicians with a lifelong commitment to patient-centered care and is committed to collaboration, inclusion and community service. With a campus in Sint Maarten, affiliated teaching hospitals in the USA and Great Britain and an internationally recognized faculty, the AUC has a diverse medical training program for today’s globally thinking doctor. For more information, visit aucmed.edu and follow AUC on Twitter (@aucmed), Instagram (@aucmed_edu) and Facebook (@aucmed).
About the Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) is part of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a US-based global education provider. The organization aims to empower students to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community. RUSM was founded in 1978 and is based in Barbados. The company has more than 14,000 alumni and is committed to training a diverse group of qualified doctors. RUSM is accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Agency for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP). For more information, please visit medical.rossu.edu 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) of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine , Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, Ross University Faculty of Medicine, and Ross University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit adtalem.com and follow on Twitter (@adtalemglobal) and LinkedIn.