My father was a physician. A bi-racial male in the early 20's - he want ALL his children to go to medical school.
The documentary triggered a memory. When asked why he decide to be a physician, he said:
"I saw this doctor making house call and riding in a buggy and I said to myself - I want to be like him" Now, he grew up in Guyana - a small poor country in South America, mostly black and poor. He struggled to get into medical school, he struggled in medical school. But just like the documentary says someone took his under his wing and he made it. Now this was in the early 20's. So this issues has been long standing. You have to see it to believe that you can be it.
As to his children - of the four, two of us ended being physicians.
I think it is extremely telling that the number of black men represented in medical schools across our country has significantly declined. Diversity, equity and inclusion has to be baked into all aspects of our lives. We will all WIN!
Very well done and so important. Thank you!
I really loved the movies, I have 3 boys and I am a N.P with a doctorate and still till this day I get treated like I am less than. I preach and teach to my boys daily that they can do anything and start thinking of a job that can help people, especially individuals that look like them. This video was just what I needed to show them that blk people can be successful. Eventhough they see it in their mama, it's different when they see it some where else. This video has left a message and yes I will pass this along. THANKYOU
This NEEDS to be talked about. Not enough black men are going into medicine and it’s alarming. As a black male currently in college, I’ve slowly seen the number of other black males dwindle as I progressed from high school to college. Advancing to professional/graduate school amplifies these trends. During high school, I never considered the importance of diversity. Once I hit college, (my undergrad is 5% black) I truly understood the importance of diversity in education and the workplace. Thank you for creating the documentary. It came at the perfect time