Black Physician News

Powerful Photo Shows Black Medical Students Standing on Former Slave Plantation in White Coats 

"A group of students from Tulane University’s School of Medicine is gaining attention after they gathered together at a former slave plantation in Louisiana to pose for a photo they say powerfully illustrates their “ancestral resiliency.”

The emotional impact of the photo is undeniable as the students, who are all part of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at Tulane, stand stoically in front of the former slave quarters at Whitney Plantation in Edgard while wearing their white coats — an idea that came to fruition thanks to the suggestion of Dr. Russell Ledet."

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Stanford Surgical Resident Auriel August Discusses The Critical Need For More Diversity in Medicine

Stanford general surgery resident Auriel August decided to become a surgeon at eight years old. Yet growing up, she couldn’t find a popular black female surgeon to look up to. It’s why two years ago she started the Twitter account, @blackgrlsurgeon, so she could be out in the open for anyone in search of a role model.

“I want to be a visible face in academic surgery,” she says, “So young Black girls have someone to look up to and say, ‘I can be like this.’”

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It’s never too late to live the life of your dreams. Carl Allamby’s recent shift as an expert car mechanic to an emergency medicine doctor at the age of 47, is proof.

In 2006, after running a successful car repair business for decades, Allamby decided to take night classes in pursuit of a business degree that would help him expand his operations. However, a required biology class ended up changing the entire trajectory of his life.

A fateful encounter with a teacher, Dr. Micah Watts, who was also a resident in interventional radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, provided Allamby with the visual inspiration he needed to shift gears.

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People Like Us: How Our Identities Shape Health And Educational Success


"Will black men take more preventative care services if they are randomly assigned to a black doctor?

They recruited men from barbershops and flea markets around Oakland. About 600 agreed to go to a clinic for a checkup.

The study found that black men assigned to a black doctor did accept more preventative services. And not by a little — by a lot."

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Inspiring Choices: Mentorship Can Boost African-American Representation in Medicine

Texas Medical Association
"In many cases, black and Hispanic students come from homes with no college graduates and attend public schools with few resources, Dr. Okorodudu says. Many of these students also live in poverty and frequently run up against long-standing prejudices.

Such obstacles contribute to a lack of role models and mentors in medicine, as well as other fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), he says."

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