Xavier University of Louisiana and Ochsner Health partner to establish a medical school and to pursue health and educational equity

The partnership will create a new, independent medical school in New OrleansTraining of future healthcare professionals

New OrleansAnd January 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Xavier University of Louisiana (Xavier) and Ochsner Health (Ochsner) today announced an agreement to establish a joint college of medicine. The two organizations will create a strong physician pipeline that addresses long-standing inequalities within the country’s healthcare system and builds the healthcare workforce of the future. By consolidating their partnership with the Faculty of Medicine, Xavier and Oxner affirm their legacy of advancing excellence in health care and education for the next generation, and providing new opportunities for marginalized populations in Louisiana And United State.

To launch the College of Medicine, Ochsner and Xavier It will form a non-profit corporation, create a new approach to and use the facilities, staff, and administrative processes of both institutions. The new medical school will be managed by a board of directors to be nominated by Ochsner and XavierEach organization appoints an equal number of directors.

This initiative builds on a long-standing partnership between Ochsner and Xavier It dates back to the early 1980s, when Ochsner and Xavier The College of Pharmacy has come together to offer more clinical training sites for pharmacy students. Xavier The College of Pharmacy is the oldest in Louisiana It was for years among the best in the country in graduating African American graduates with Doctor of Pharmacy degrees.

“Our work with Ochsner and other partners who have a heartfelt vision to heal a broken world is a testament to their Xavier mission to promote a more just and humane society,” d said Reynolds VerrettPresident Xavier University of Louisiana.Xavier This message was given by our founders Saint Catherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament nearly a century ago. Our dedication to preparing more Black healthcare professionals in our fight against health inequality is our answer to our nation’s call of great need and makes their legacy proud.”

XULA and Ochsner: A Legacy of Collaboration

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world and disproportionately affected people of color, highlighting health disparities that historically marginalized communities have faced. Ochsner’s health Xavier It once again forged partnerships to improve health equity through new graduate programs in the health sciences and the creation of Ochsner Health and Xavier University Institute for Equity and Health Research (OXIHER). A few years ago , Xavier Ochsner also worked to improve diversity in the health sciences with a memorandum of understanding to create a new Physician Assistant (PA) program. in May 2022and Ochsner Xavier Celebrated the graduation of the first class of 37 students into the full-time graduate PA program, which leads to a master’s degree in health sciences and trains the next generation of providers to make a measurable impact on healthcare.

Ochsner has a long and rich history of excellence in medical education, and we are honored to continue our work with her Xavier To improve the health of our state and our region. November HouseOchsner Health CEO. “the Xavier Medical students will receive outstanding clinical training in our integrated healthcare system, and this significant expansion of our partnership with Xavier Demonstrates our commitment to training the next generation of healthcare providers to solve the critical shortage of physicians in the United State and meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve.”

in 2022, Xavier became an integrated partner on the Healthy State Advisory Board by 2030, an ambitious plan to raise Louisiana From the bottom of the national health rankings. Collectively, partners across multiple sectors and industries from across the state are committed to comprehensive public health, education, and outreach initiatives.

“Investing in education, training, and workforce development is critical to building healthier nations and stronger societies. Our partnership with Xavier furthers our health mission of promoting diversity among health care providers, which has been associated with delivering better care to diverse communities in our region and across the country,” Doctor. Leonardo SiwanMD, FACP, executive vice president and chief academic officer of Ochsner Health. “We must work together to solve the challenges facing our healthcare workforce and ensure that communities across the country receive the highest quality care.”

Bridging the national and local manpower gap

for decades, Xavier University of Louisiana It has produced more African American and students of color earning medical and doctoral degrees in the health sciences than any other institution of higher learning in the country. Ochsner, the world’s largest academic healthcare system LouisianaHe has a long history of training medical students, residents, and fellows. Ochsner invests in quality healthcare, workforce development, and education for communities throughout the Gulf South region. Organizations are uniquely positioned to lead joint efforts in closing the healthcare workforce gap.

“With their historic agreement to establish a School of Medicine at one of the largest HBCUs in the country, Xavier Ochner has answered the call to shape the health of the country, the country, and the world for generations to come,” said Dr. Ann McCallSenior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President of the University Xavier University of Louisiana.

Research shows the urgent need for HBCU medical school now that the demand for physicians is expected to grow. Louisiana is projected to rank third nationally for physician shortages by 2030, according to an analysis of Human Resources for Health. Representation of African Americans in medicine lags behind, as they make up 5% of the country’s physicians – even though the African American population accounts for 13% of the US population. New College of Medicine with Xaviera high-level HBCU, and Ochsner, a high-performance academic health system with expertise in training medical students, will result in representation among medical practitioners with excellent healthcare training, which is critical to improving health outcomes by increasing quality of care, access and patient confidence in health care providers.

To learn more, visit www.xula.edu and www.ochsner.org.

SOURCE Ochsner Health System

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