CDU/UCLA MEP becomes the new MD Program at CDU and the Health Equity Pathway at DGSOM

Developing leaders committed to improving health in historically marginalized communities with inequitable access to healthcare.

We are excited to announce the Urban Health Equity Pathway, a new chapter in the over 40-year partnership between the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU)! We began this partnership in creating the UCLA/CDU Medical Education Program (MEP) in 1981.

The program develops leaders who advance medical practice and knowledge in underserved areas in the United States and abroad. The program has graduated over 800 physicians to date. In October 2022, CDU received approval to establish the first medical school in South Los Angeles with an inaugural 2027 class.

This planned outcome of the MEP is an achievement that was made possible, in part, by the tremendous success of the CDU/UCLA MEP program. Both CDU and DGSOM have undergone transformative changes over the past 40 years, and realize that we are now in a position to transform what has historically existed as the CDU/UCLA MEP into a new partnership that reflects the evolution of both institutions as well as the changes in medicine and society. Leadership at both institutions are committed to ensuring the continuation of our valuable collaboration and the success of our new educational partnership. The traditional MEP program will transition with the DGSOM Class of 2027. We will launch the Urban Health Equity Pathway (Pathway) beginning with the class of 2028.

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