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Morehouse School of Medicine Town Hall



On May 5, 2015, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice held the last of four town hall meetings during her first year as Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)’s president. The town hall, held in the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care auditorium and simulcast via video feed for Grady Hospital, Howell Mill, Buggy Works and 75 Piedmont, highlighted MSM’s accomplishments for fiscal year 2015. The following is a select list of MSM’s accomplishments:

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.


  • Welcomed our largest entering class (78 M.D. students and 37 in GEBS, and 25 in GEPH/MPH).
  • Graduated our largest class ever—102 students.

Research and Academic Affairs

  • 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.

Finance and Operations

  • Last Effort Certification Period was totally electronic with over 98% report rate.

Clinical Services

  • Morehouse Healthcare is listed among Atlanta’s Top 25 Physician Group Practices by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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.

Employee/Community Relations

  • Established the President and Dean’s Open Door hours.
  • Developed new partnership with E. L. Connally Elementary School to assist in mentorship and other critical needs for its students.
  • Held MSM’s first MSM-Hawks night in which MSM employees attended Atlanta Hawks game during MSM Night with the Hawks.