Just a few weeks ago a patient told me that I was the only physician to take the time to really speak to him. He told me that he never was cared for by a black male physician. We must increase the number of black males becoming physicians. This is a life and death matter. We need to get more black males in the elementary to medical school pipeline. We have to be examples to black males very early in their schooling that learning science and excelling is cool.
This is an overview of a significant problem that is overlooked. If we continue to have less black men going into the field of medicine, we will continue to see the loss of critical advocates of our minority patients. In turn, problems with health disparity will continue to grow. The Black Men in White Coats documentary is more than a documentary. I hope this becomes one teaching tool to address disparity in medical school and also residency admissions. I also hope interest groups with minorities at colleges get an opportunity to view this documentary.
This was a very informative and inspirational documentary. I wish more documentaries like this exist to inspire young black males.
Thank you for being so clear about this long historical tragic truth, that due to racism, we continue to have a limited number of black physicians. Your call for a change, now, is necessary and your next steps to confront our system while building and supporting the black youth today is a winning approach.
A great documentary that highlights the need for diversity in medicine, and truly in society at large. I hope the efforts of Black Men in White Coats and other orgnizations dedicated to recognizing and raising up the peoples of the country and world inspire more Trips to aim high and achieve. If one boat floats higher in the sea of life we all float higher.