Morehouse School of Medicine

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Morehouse School of Medicine
TypePrivate medical school
Endowment$56.1 million[1]
PresidentValerie Montgomery Rice
Location, ,
United States

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is a private medical school in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally a part of Morehouse College, the school became independent in 1981.



Founded as a part of Morehouse College in 1975 during the tenure of college president Hugh M. Gloster, with Louis W. Sullivan as dean, the School of Medicine at Morehouse College began as a two-year program in the basic sciences. The first students were admitted in 1978 and transferred to other medical schools for the clinical years of their training.

Independent institution[edit]

Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care

The institution became independent from Morehouse College in 1981, with Sullivan as President, and was fully accredited to award M.D. degrees in 1985. Initially, third year clinical courses were taught by faculty from Emory University's School of Medicine, but since 1990, the school has taught them itself. In 1989, Sullivan was appointed United States Secretary of Health and Human Services by President George H.W. Bush. Sullivan served in that role for Bush's entire term, until 1993, when he returned to MSM to begin his second tenure as president.[2]

Sullivan remained president until 2002. He now holds the title of President Emeritus.[2]

Former US Surgeon General David Satcher served as director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He continued in that role while also serving as MSM's president from 2004 to 2006.

On February 28, 2006, Morehouse School of Medicine announced the appointment of John E. Maupin Jr., D.D.S. as the institution's next president. Maupin departed from his position of president at Meharry Medical College.

Valerie Montgomery Rice was named the sixth president of the school and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution in July 2014. In addition to president, she also retains the deanship. Montgomery Rice is a renowned infertility specialist and researcher, and most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she served since 2011. In this role, she led MSM’s widespread academic and clinical programs in health sciences and led its strategic planning initiatives for patient care, research and community engagement.

On February 3, 2009, Eric Holder, then-vice chairman of MSM's board of trustees, was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General.

On July 13, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Morehouse School of Medicine Trustee Regina Benjamin as U.S. Surgeon General. Benjamin was the second MSM trustee to hold a high-profile position with the Obama administration.

A 2010 study ranked MSM as the number one medical school in the country in the terms of social mission. The social mission score used in the study evaluated schools on percentage of graduates who practice primary care, work in health professional shortage areas, and are underrepresented minorities.[3]

In 2017, it was announced MSM would complete a $50 million expansion by 2020. The expansion will include its first-ever student housing, an ambulatory care center, additional parking, and a retail component.[4]

In July 2020, MSM received a $40 million grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to help redress the alarming COVID-19 pandemic impact on African-Americans and other more vulnerable communities.[5] In September 2020, MSM received $26.3 million from philanthropist Michael Bloomberg to help lower debt for the medical students enrolled.[6]

In December 2020, MSM partnered with CommonSpirit Health to form the More in Common Alliance. It is a ten-year initiative to help reduce health inequity. Dr. Veronica Mallett serves as the senior vice president and chief administrative officer as of August 2023.[7] One of her tasks is to match the $100 million commitment CommonSpirit Health has made toward the program. Research programs are a part of the effort to increase health equity.[8]

In May 2022, MSM had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $45 million academic facility. The 52,300-square foot building is scheduled to be complete in early 2024. The building is named after longtime MSM board member and state lawmaker Calvin Smyre.[9]

Student body[edit]

In 2022, the student body at MSM was 70% African American and 66% women.[10] Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are thought to pose a significant barrier to the number of African American matriculants to US medical schools. Morehouse School of Medicine accepts students with MCAT scores more than one standard deviation below the national matriculant mean, but then raises their subsequent performance on the US Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 shift up to or above the national mean score.[11]


Presidents of Morehouse School of Medicine
President Tenure (years)
Louis W. Sullivan 1981 – 1989
James A. Goodman 1989 – 1992
Louis W. Sullivan 1993 – 2002
James Gavin III 2002 – 2004
David Satcher 2004 – 2006
John Maupin 2006 – 2014
Valerie Montgomery Rice 2014 – present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-29. Retrieved February 25, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Past Presidents". Morehouse School of Medicine. Archived from the original on 2019-03-12. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  3. ^ Mullan F, Chen C, Petterson S, Kolsky G, Spagnola M. The social mission of medical education: ranking the schools. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2010 Jun 15;152(12):804-11.
  4. ^ "Morehouse School of Medicine Plans $50 Million Expansion". Archived from the original on 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  5. ^ "Morehouse School of Medicine receives $40 million grant for COVID-19, rising Black mortality rate". NBC News. 25 June 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-08-13. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  6. ^ "2020 Bloomberg Philanthropies Gift". Morehouse School of Medicine. Archived from the original on 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  7. ^ "Recognized Leader in Health Disparities Veronica Mallett, MD to Join The More in Common Alliance". Primarily Caring. 2 (2): 8. 2022. ISSN 2690-098X.
  8. ^ Cheney, Christopher (2023-02-24). "Physician Workforce Diversity Partnership Advancing". Health Leaders Media. Retrieved 2023-08-22.
  9. ^ Stirgus, Eric. "Morehouse medical school names $45 million building after Calvin Smyre". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2022-06-02. Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  10. ^ "Morehouse School of Medicine". IPEDS. Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  11. ^ Elks ML, Herbert-Carter J, Smith M, Klement B, Knight BB, Anachebe NF (January 2018). "Shifting the Curve: Fostering Academic Success in a Diverse Student Body". Acad Med. 93 (1): 66–70. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001783. PMC 5753825. PMID 28678099.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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