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Cleveland Clinic partners with an HBCU to increase diversity in the medical field

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The Cleveland Clinic is working with the Morehouse School of Medicine, a historically black college and university, to increase the number of underrepresented groups in the medical field.

Students will work on several projects, including an investigation of the root causes of sexual, racial, and ethnic underrepresentation in clinical trials for vascular devices and pharmaceuticals.

“I believe in having diverse medicine in order to improve health outcomes,” said student Sanaai Wynn. “We want to include minorities in clinical research, in order to have a better understanding of how genetics works.”

Dr. Lee Kirksey, a vascular surgeon at the clinic, said it was important to guide and mentor young black students interested in medicine.

“This partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Morehouse Medical School to collaborate and work with their pipeline program to bring in students like this is exactly what we should be working overtime if we are to not only continue to have a short-term but long-term impact. -long-term impact to reverse this course of low numbers of underrepresented groups within medical education,” Kirksey said.

These students hope that by entering the medical field, they can help the community.

“I believe it’s extremely important to have diversity in the medical field because it’s important to see a doctor who looks like you,” said student Zaria Goutier.

“I think it provides more comfort and cultural awareness.”

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