New opportunities at Grambling State could mean more doctors for North Louisiana

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UPDATE (01/06/2020)– Multiple universities in the ArkLaMiss, including Grambling State University, are doing what they can to offer opportunities for students to advance in the medical field.
“This program is not new to the United States, but it is new to the state of Louisiana,” Dr. Dagne Hill, the GSU Biology Department Head, said.

Starting Spring 2020, Grambling State University will be offering a fast track program for five students every academic year. It’s a 4-year program through a partnership with the Edward via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“It’s the perfect thing I think for our students or any student to be involved in to keep students here in Louisiana versus looking for medical colleges outside of the state od Louisiana,” Hill said.

Educators say this will not only help Grambling State grow, but also help keep doctors in North Louisiana.

“They are going to start reaching out to the rural communities, right here in North Louisiana, primarily a rural area,” Hill said. “So I think the students will start to gravitate towards those areas and those individuals that they’ve impactd during their schooling here in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program.”

Once students are sophomores, they will need to maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average while also completing all required premedical coursework, community service, and health care volunteer hours to be accepted into the program.

“I think that this particular program will not only enhance the university and increase our student numbers, but I think it will also increase the student numbers in my department as well,” Hill said.
“We are very excited about this partnership. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

MONROE, La. (AP) — Grambling State University has reached an early admissions agreement with an osteopathic medical school that’s starting up classes in July at a private campus on the grounds of another public university.

Medical school dean Dr. Ray Morrison says the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is working toward similar agreements with other schools.

Grambling’s agreement allows admission for five Grambling sophomores a year to the private college at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Morrison expects to have about 150 students in the first class to report to Monroe.  

The college also has campuses in Alabama, Virginia and South Carolina.

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