Popular but Troubled, Historically Black Medical School Plans Ambitious Expansion

Two years ago, the only historically black medical school west of the Mississippi faced a grim prognosis after county officials pulled the plug on its relationship with a troubled hospital.

The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science here was suddenly cast adrift, with no training site for its residents and clinical students.

Today the medical school that has reportedly trained about a third of Los Angeles County's black and Hispanic physicians is back on its feet and