In 2015, medical schools across the country sent 10,992 new physicians out into the workforce. Of that number, only 1,061 – less than 10 percent – were black. And, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 5 percent of physicians currently practicing across the country are black.
Dale Okorodudu, MD, president and founder of DiverseMedicine Inc., and a senior Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the team at Diverse Medicine hope to encourage greater diversity in the field of medicine.
As part of DiverseMedicine’s efforts, Okorodudu visited UNC Health Care to feature Cedric Bright, MD, and Sean McLean, MD, in his “Black Men in White Coats” video series - both UNC School of Medicine alumni faculty members working tirelessly to recruit and inspire the next generation of UNC-trained physicians.
The “Black Men in White Coats” video series provides a rounded and engaging perspective of black men in medicine. The aim of the series is to inspire more African Americans to consider the field of medicine by showing them the stories of others who’ve done so successfully. In this series, Bright and McLean thoughtfully share insight into their life and careers as black men in white coats.
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Diversity at the UNC School of Medicine
The UNC School of Medicine ranks 5th in the nation among traditional medical schools for current number of black students enrolled. And, the School is in the 90th percentile among traditional institutions for graduating African American medical students.
UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine endorse opportunities for inclusiveness through pipeline programs to recruit and retain aspiring medical students, residents and faculty members with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Bright directs the Office of Special Programs at UNC School of Medicine and directs its pipeline programs that include: the Medical Education Development Program (MED), the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP), the Middle School Therapeutic Education Program (MSTEP) and the Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP).
Bright and the Office of Special Programs also advise UNC’s Chapter of the Student National Medical Association, the oldest and largest student organization focused on the health needs and concerns of minority communities.