It’s a strange time to be in the medical field, when the Internet is changing everything.
But Dr. Henry County School of Medicine is taking a different approach.
With its new, self-directed medical school, Henry County has built a model that is designed to ensure its graduates are well-educated in the fields of medical science, and to attract and retain top talent.
But it also faces a challenge in recruiting a diverse group of students.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, less than 1% of medical students from a diverse population were white.
And, while more than 70% of the country’s physicians are white, that percentage drops to around 5% among African-Americans, 1% among Hispanics, and 0.5% among Asian-Americans.
For a school like Henry County, the challenges are especially acute, as a majority of students are white and their numbers increase with age.
And with students from more diverse backgrounds often taking more courses, the medical school needs to find ways to keep pace with that change.
To help with that, Henry School of Sciences and Engineering is taking on a new initiative, the Henry County Medical School.
The initiative will allow students from different ethnicities and racial groups to take courses together.
Henry is one of only three medical schools in the United States that offer such a program.
The others are Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.
In the new program, each class will include three to five sessions.
Each session will be taught by two physicians, with one taking the first and second courses in each class.
The program will be run by the Henry School faculty, with the help of students and community members.
It will be open to students who are from different states, backgrounds, or religions.
And it will be made possible through partnerships with other medical schools across the country.
For example, in 2019, Henry will host a meeting in New York City with doctors from the University of California, San Francisco and Johns Hopkins to explore how they can collaborate to make the medical education more inclusive and equitable for all students.
The Henry County program is the first of its kind in the country, according to Dr. Eric Lippert, dean of the Henry College of Medicine and a founding director of the medical schools at Henry County.
The Henry County community has been so supportive of the program, he said.
“It is an effort to make Henry County the center of medical innovation in the state of Virginia,” Lipperton said.
The medical school is not the only school trying to make its medical school more diverse.
Other programs at the University at Buffalo, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard are all looking to change the way they recruit and retain students.
“The goal is to build a more diverse, inclusive medical workforce,” said Dr. Daniel C. Roesch, dean for biomedical sciences at Johns Hopkins.
“And this is not just an academic challenge, but a public health challenge.”
Cristine O’Leary, dean and CEO of the National Association of Boards of Medical Examiners, said she’s pleased to see Henry County’s effort to create a more inclusive medical environment.
“We’re all going to be affected by the changes we’re going to see in our country, and we need to work together to make sure everyone is well-rounded and has the right information,” she said.
With a new medical school in the works, Henry is hoping to take its program a step further, offering a new class of physicians with a specialization in health policy and policy and practice.
It also wants to make it easier for students to apply to medical school.
The medical school plans to launch an online application to encourage students to get in touch with one of its graduates, and will also host events to educate the medical community about its mission.
To reach out to prospective medical students, Henry’s admissions office is accepting applications from all of its incoming students, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status.
To find out more, visit http://www.henrycounty.edu/medical-schools/medical school/medical.html#a.