Amazing...Amazing...👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 as a CO Cdr for Medical Recruiting for the US Army, it is a passion of mine to help African Americans accomplish their dreams of a career in the medical field through our scholarship programs. "Soft bigotry of low expectation" what a powerful statement. Children do live up to expectations.
So inspiring. Thank you for promoting accountability across the board on this!
This was a great documentary in which was moving in many respects. It is definitely a wake-up call to Americans as a whole.
While it was shocking to hear that there are LESS Black men in medical school TODAY than in the mid 1970's, it was emotionally empowering listening to each of these physicians' stories. For instance, there was one doctor who overcame his mother as an addict to Jerome Adams, MD as our nation's Surgeon General being mistaken for 'the help'. They overcame so much.
I loved hearing about the former Browns player who retired and became a doctor, the mechanic who decided to go to medical school, etc... this was both deep and profound.
I especially loved two tender moments in this film. One, was when former NBA player Shane Battier encouraging Dr. Okorodudu's child to focus on being their best they can be - but everything had a time and place. Battier said he would focus on studies in the classroom... and nothing else. Once Duke basketball practice/ games started, he was focused on being the best player he could be. And - when he was not in either, he would focus on his down time, not worrying about basketball or studies. That's why he was able to be a model student-athlete and hold a long career in the league. In short, he was talking about compartmentalizing and 'being in the moment.' It is good advice even for us non-basketball players/ doctors to follow!
The last of these moments was Dr. Okorodudu's outreach to Trip, 5 months after his symposium. To see that kid in tears was heartbreaking because each of us could relate for a multitude of reasons; but his response about (someone not liking Trip) being 100% that person's problem... it is a good reminder on self-confidence from which I will be sure to share with my son the day I see him share Trip's tears.
In closing, from Wale Amubieya, MD - the white coat is really a red cape for us all! These men and women are all heroes and should wear it proudly!
This film is a must see. Exposes issues that have been hidden for far too long. So moving and powerful and I was moved to tears at the end. I want to do my piece too. We all own a piece of making change happen and have to start with where we are.
Black Men is White Coats is powerful, moving, extremely well done and is a must see for anyone in the medical field, teaching field, school administrators, and the whole community. It brings needed light to a very important issue. The stories are moving, real, and need to be told. Thank you for making this amazing movie.