Johns Hopkins Medicine and UAB Medicine have become the first major US medical schools to admit a black doctor, the Associated Press reported.
The news comes amid a national debate over race in medicine, with President Donald Trump vowing to make the country a “great” country if elected in 2020, and a backlash against some of the medical schools that have chosen to admit black students.
The schools will also become the largest to admit blacks in the nation.
JohnsHopkins Medicine, founded by Johns Hopkins University, is the second largest private university in the US.
The school has more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, according to the AP.UAB Medicine, which was founded by the University of Alabama and the University at Birmingham, has admitted more than 1,000 students.
The medical school has admitted blacks for more than 300 years, according the AP, and is among the largest in the state.