What solutions do you have to help solve the issue of the lack of Black men going into medical professions?

I suggest the National Medical Association establish a committee to draft ideas for summer programs at medical schools specifically for Black boys in middle school and/or high school. This program could expose the students to various medical professions by shadowing physicians, learning about different specialties, scholarship opportunities and test preparations. Of course funding would need to be secured but maybe NMA members could make a contribution and get a financial match from institutions such as the Department of Education, Department of Justice or even the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). RWJF has funding opportunities for health equity and this could be a unique program for them to fund.

I currently work at an institution where the psychiatry fellows are developing a summer program for high school students in an urban area. The purpose is to create a pipeline of minority students to attend medical school.

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