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Adtalem's RUSM Partners With CSUDH, Boosts Physician Diversity

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Adtalem Global Education Inc.’s ATGE health care institution, Ross University School of Medicine (“RUSM”), has partnered with California State University, Dominguez Hills (“CSUDH”), to enable Hispanic students attend medical school. Notably, this will also increase the Hispanic-American doctors in the United States.

Per the terms of the agreement, the partnership will also provide an educational pathway program for CSUDH’s graduates to study medicine at RUSM. Eligible graduates will receive a scholarship for the first semester covering full tuition in the RUSM campus in Barbados.

Adtalem’s Endeavors to Address Diversity in Medicine

RUSM — one of the medical and veterinary schools of Adtalem — has a diverse student population, of which, more than one-fourth of the total students are Hispanic. Of the total U.S. physicians, Hispanic Americans account for only 5%.

RUSM remains well positioned to address the paucity of Hispanic and Latinx physicians, and the significant roles they play in the healthcare industry. Notably, due to the changing demographics in the overall healthcare in United States and the underrepresentation of culturally different people in healthcare, RUSM  has partnered with Hispanic Serving Institution and Historically Black Colleges and Universities through novel student engagements, support programs and senior-level commitments. This will help increase the diversity of the nation’s physicians.

Notably, in the fiscal fourth quarter, revenues at the Medical and Healthcare segment grew 5.2 % year over year. This uptick was driven by a 6.9% and a 3% increase in revenues at Chamberlain and Medical and Veterinary schools, respectively.

Price Performance

In a year’s time, shares of Adtalem have declined 8.3% against its industry’s 24.4% growth. However, the above-mentioned initiatives are expected to aid the company’s revenues and profitability going forward.

In particular, Adtalem’s health care and international institutions have shown significant improvement in recent times. Overall, initiatives for achieving strong multi-year organic growth, cost-saving initiatives and transformation strategy should drive growth.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

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