A phenomenal film depicting a movement, that although is specific to the issue of the lack of Black male physicians, so clearly articulates the challenges of cultivating and promoting Black excellence. The impact of the lack of black physicians is clearly articulated as being a critical contributor to poor black health outcomes. The pathway is fraught with obstacles created by a systematically oppressive environment, which will require resilience, perseverance, preparation, and mentoring to get more black doctors into positions of leadership and decision-making along the pathway. The video provides a framework in understanding there is work for everyone to do; parents, educators, administrators, admissions committees, community members and the students themselves. "You cannot be what you cannot see!" Amen.
Excellent documentary.....Provides a well thought out and provocative analysis of the situation......Too few Black Men being encouraged and supported to become doctors or work in the medical field. It recognizes and acknowledges both systemic and individual responsibilities and lays out a realistic strategy to overcome. Highly recommend watching, sharing and becoming part of the movement!
The sagging numbers of male African-American medical school applicants over the decades since 1980 is appalling and merits our concern and efforts. As a senior (M.D. Johns Hopkins, 1973) African-American physician, I applaud the work of Dr. Okorodudu and his team. Every Black high school student should see this film! Teens of today live in a sports and entertainment centered world with the constant presence of social media. Far too often, young males suppress their learning under the weight of their robust efforts to reach totally unrealistic pro sports dreams. The ubiquitous images of sports stars blinds young men to the fact that only one in sixteen thousand high school varsity athletes will ever get a pro sports contract. They need to see examples of Black cognitive excellence. They need to know that they, too, can become doctors, engineers, lawyers, professors and business executives. This movie can help "open the eyes" of young people to their rich set of options.
Upon viewing the movie, we did encounter one technical problem: the closed captioning was not synchronized with the audio and video. That was mildly distracting.
Strong academic preparation is a key to future excellence. For that reason, I am a HUGE proponent of www.khanacademy.org, a free and comprehensive group of courses and test prep modules offering world-class education in Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Computer science, English, American History, Statistics, SAT Prep, etc. Every pre-college student should know of the vast FREE and non-commercial high-quality education resources of the Khan Academy.
Lack of effective academic mentoring at collegiate level from high school to finishing college was a big obstacle .Sometimes ,you may check up all this steps and still not good enough because you may not be viewed holistically in your achievement but rather be viewed with ranking number eyeglasses .
Absolutely informative, thought-provoking and action-inspiring work. Thank you Dr. Dale, contributors and creators for creating this film. Like me, I've no doubt that others will be encouraged in their medical career path walks. I acknowledge and respond to the call to action. Everyone else must do the same. And do this they must not just for the betterment of the Black African American community but for enlightenment and improvement for the shared community. Representation is a must. Thank you for this effort. Absolutely well done!