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Black Men In White Coats Encourages More Black Male Representation in Medicine

An organization at a familiar university in Philadelphia is doing all it can for Black men to become doctors.


Black Men in White Coats

It’s a student organization. Specifically, it’s called Black Men in White Coats. And it’s happening at Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, among other colleges, too, according to CBS News.


"With the intention of trying to increase the number of Black men going into the field of medicine," medical student Kevin Carolina said. "It's a very challenging journey, and it's a journey that does require a lot of assistance."


Carolina is actually a founding member of the organization.


"I see the impact the lack of diversity has on health outcomes within people that look like me," he said.


According to the CDC, Black folks have high rates of disease, health complications and death. And a part of that is blamed on a historic lack of trust in white doctors, thus not being able to find Black medical professionals.


Black Men in White Coats

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, diversity is improving. But only 5% of doctors are Black.


"Although our numbers are rare within medicine, we're working to improve that and up those numbers as well," medical student Nathan Delacth said.


Delaeth is a member of Black Men in White Coats, too.


"When I was younger, I never had any role models who looked like me," he said.


These future Black doctors train in a simulation lab, supporting one another. And they hope to inspire more Black men to become doctors and help those in need.



"We're hoping to enact change within the school itself, bringing more Black students to the school as well but also creating change within the community," Delacth said.


These good Black men go to underserved communities with items such as screening checks. Additionally, this group is working to improve access to better healthcare for Black neighbors.


“Ultimately, we want to uplift Black voices,” Delacth said.


According to the website, the mission is the following:  “Black Men In White Coats seeks to increase the number of Black men in the field of medicine by exposure, inspiration, and mentoring. To accomplish this, we are partnering with various medical schools across the country to produce outstanding short documentary videos which brings awareness to this issue that not only affects the Black male population, but also the nation as a whole.”


Photo Credit: Black Men in White Coats Facebook

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