A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a Guaranteed Interview Program between Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine and Southern University and A&M College and Southern University at New Orleans was signed at Southern University on March 26.
The MOU represents the desire of both parties to increase the number of African American and Hispanic students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Louisiana who apply to the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. The goal is for these students to subsequently be accepted for admission and graduate from medical school.
The Guaranteed Interview Program certifies that Southern University students who meet specified criteria included in the MOU will be invited to interview with the Admissions Committee of the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. The MOU is effective July 1, 2021 and shall remain in effect until terminated by either Party. “LSU Health Shreveport is honored to have the opportunity to propel our message that every student is family in our learning communities. We are committed to increasing the percentage of African American and Hispanic students who apply, matriculate, and ultimately graduate from our institution,” said Dr. G.E. Ghali, chancellor, LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine.
“Southern University welcomes this opportunity to partner with the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine to increase the number of African-American and Hispanic students entering medical school. This effort will serve to further encourage a viable pathway into medicine for deserving students of color while expanding a physician workforce that is more representative of the state and nation in terms of diversity,” said Dr. Ray L. Belton, president-chancellor, Southern University System.
Those signing the agreement were: LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghali, DDS, MD, Southern University and A&M College Chancellor Ray L. Belton, PhD, Southern University at New Orleans Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs David Adeboyge, PhD, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, David Lewis, MD, and Chair of Admission for the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, Shane Barton, MD.
Additional university representatives in attendance were: Toni Thibeaux, PhD, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs Markey Pierre, DBA, and representing Southern University is Robyn Merrick, PhD, Vice President for External Affairs.