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Pathways to Medicine
Louisiana has strength in its diversity, and we must build upon that strength. In this spirit, LSU School of Medicine is committed to the recruitment of minority and disadvantaged students into medical education and their retention once here.
Minorities comprise about 35 percent of the population of Louisiana, 90 percent of who are African American. Disproportionately, only 15 percent of Louisiana’s physicians are African American, American Indian, Hispanic or Asian. 4.7 percent are African American.
The LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, established the Office of Community and Minority Health Education (CMHE), formally the Office of Minority Affairs, to address this disparity. It is with this driving force that CMHE remains on the front lines working to interest minority and disadvantaged youth in science and to attract them to the practice of medicine and other health careers. Through an innovative outreach program with local K-12 schools, colleges, and the community, the Office of CMHE has achieved tremendous success in attracting more minority youth to the health science professions. Once students come to LSU School of Medicine, the Office of CMHE continues to offer academic and emotional support to ensure success.
In this 21 st century, increasing the number of minority physicians and other health professionals available to serve all the citizens of Louisiana remains an essential part of our mission and vision. A wide range of innovative programs, implemented to achieve our goals, is presented within this website. I ask your support and encourage your participation in seeing that we achieve our goal.
Edward G. Helm, MD, MHA