APA Calls on D.C. Government to Protect Access to Training for Howard University’s Medical Students

Washington, D.C. – The Council of the District of Columbia today is holding a meeting to discuss a future hospital on the site of St. Elizabeths East Campus in Ward 8. As part of the discussion, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is requesting accommodations be made to ensure that medical students at nearby Howard University be given access to train and work.

Howard University Medical School is responsible for graduating the largest number of minority physicians in the nation, and half of those graduates remain in the D.C. area. Having well-trained, culturally sensitive doctors is essential to ensuring access to care for minority populations. “It is essential that we maintain Howard’s important role in the D.C. health care system and allow it to continue producing the culturally aware workforce needed by the entire nation,” said APA President Altha Stewart, M.D.

“APA expects that regardless of how the D.C. Council votes today, the area hospitals and council representatives will recognize the importance of Howard Medical School’s mission in our community and support its efforts to continue to train minority physicians,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,800 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit www.psychiatry.org.

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