The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Board of Trustees meeting took place May 14-15 and highlighted the school’s successes, challenges and goals. The following list highlights many of MSM’s accomplishments during the 2015 Fiscal Year:
Next Five-Year Strategic Plan
Completion of the 2015 MSM Strategic Plan with broad input from internal and external stakeholders who helped inform our new shared vision: “Leading the creation and advancement of health equity”
Philanthropy and Marketing Communications
- Raised more than $7.5 million to date in fundraising, most for student scholarships. Represents more than a 100% increase from the previous year of $3.5 million.
- Established an extraordinary partnership with the Kennedy Forum and launched the Morehouse School of Medicine Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. The Kennedy Forum provided $2.5 million – which MSM matched – to start the center.
- Successfully launched our year-long 40th anniversary celebration of Morehouse School of Medicine, which includes a 40-city tour to inform and engage MSM alumni and friends.
- Welcomed our largest entering class (78 M.D. students and 37 in GEBS, and 25 in GEPH/MPH).
- The MPH program earned full accreditation from the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).
- Graduated our largest class ever—102 students.
- Clinical Scholars established for MD program.
Research and Academic Affairs
- Secured membership in the Georgia Research Alliance
- Increased our NIH research funding from $34 million in FY14 to $43.3 million in FY15. This increase comes during a time in which NIH funding overall has shrunk.
- MSM’s Mobile Research Unit (Taking Research to the Community) has already been used to conduct outreach activities and “touched” more than 1,300 persons either during screenings or by providing information.
- Morehouse School of Medicine’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) was awarded full accreditation status by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), at the March meeting of its Council on Accreditation. As the “gold seal,” AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances – to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public – that MSM’s HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence. MSM is the first historically black college, university or medical school to become accredited and is among six (6) other Georgia institutions that are accredited.
Finance and Operations
- Last Effort Certification Period was totally electronic with over 98% report rate.
- Moved to an automated employment verification process that allowed for greater operational efficiencies and enhanced service delivery to our employees.
- Morehouse Healthcare is listed among Atlanta’s Top 25 Physician Group Practices by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
- Established an affiliation agreement with Cancer Treatment Centers of America for Education, Clinical Care, and Research.
- Expanded clinical and medical student educational opportunities at the Atlanta VA—including surgical services.
- Through the assistance of Dr. Yasmin Tyler-Hill—Morehouse Healthcare joined the Children’s Care Network, which is Georgia’s only pediatric integrated network.
- Successfully partnered with Hosea Feed the Hungry (under the leadership of Dr. Frank Jones) to provide clinical support services at each of the “Hosea” events.
- Finalized an agreement to add a 2nd clinical site —- St. Joseph’s Mercy Care/City of Refuge — for the Morehouse School of Medicine Student Run Clinics (now, a total of two sites including the Good Samaritan Clinic).
Government and External Relations
- Achieved a major victory when CMS ruled in MSM’s favor and approved the continuation of our arrangement with the hospitals moving forward, thereby preserving our $33 million state operating grant.
- Gov. Nathan Deal in his FY2016 Budget recommended that the Legislature increase MSM’s State Operating Grant by $8 million to supplant the federal funding the school receives from its hospital partners. In April, the state House and Senate approved the Governor’s recommendation to MSM.
- Launched a major network in conjunction with the National REACH Coalition and the National Collaborative for Health Equity aimed at increasing awareness of issues impacting health equity across the United States. The initiative, called the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), now boasts almost 800 leaders in virtually every state and territory.
- Prevented cuts to all of our legislative priorities for FY 2015 and managed to secure increased funding for some of our federal programs, including those that were in danger of termination, including the REACH program, AHEC, HCOP, and Office of Minority Health (OMH).
- Succeeded in getting Congress to reauthorize all of the mandatory-funded health equity programs in the Affordable Care Act that were expired or expiring soon.