Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a private, nonprofit, community-founded, student centered University committed to cultivating diverse health professions leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, clinical service and community engagement. CDU is also a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, treatment and care in cancer, diabetes, cardio-metabolic and HIV/AIDS.
In the five decades since the school was incorporated in 1966, CDU has graduated more than 600 physicians, 1,225 physician assistants and nearly 1,600 other health professionals, as well as training over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1,300 nursing professionals, including over 950 family nurse practitioners.
CDU has earned designation as a minority-serving institution by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, and is recognized by the Department of Education (DOE) under Title III B as a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI). The University is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
A distinctive and specialized education that cultivates and develops medical and health professions leaders who are able to conduct and translate empirical works in their drive for social justice and health equity. It has been defined by five characteristics:
HBCUs/HBGIs celebrate the diversity of all and provide exposure to worldwide representation of different cultures.
Education designed with the success and learning of people of color. HBCUs/HBGIs provide education beyond the classroom.
HBCUs/HBGIs create a familial bond among its students and alumni that expand community networks both professionally and personally.
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