TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – With the goal of driving diversity among U.S. doctors, FAMU and Ross University School of Medicine have announced a new agreement to help more African-Americans attend medical school. 

Florida A&M and Ross University School of Medicine made the announcement Friday afternoon. 

The two universities have agreed to establish an educational pathway program, making it easier for FAMU graduate school students to study medicine at RUSM. 

Qualified FAMU students who earn full acceptance into the medical school will receive a scholarship covering full tuition for the first semester. Those FAMU students would then spend the first two years of medical school at the RUSM campus in Barbados.

“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with the Ross University School of Medicine,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. He added, “For 131 years, FAMU has produced outstanding graduates who are making an impact on society. The University is already noted for being a leading institution of origin for African Americans pursuing degrees in the natural sciences. This partnership will allow us to play an even greater role in the production and development of African-American physicians who will positively change the healthcare outcomes for people from all aspects of society.”