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Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit
Saturday, April 28
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dr. H. Edward Garrett Sr. Auditorium (on the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis campus)
6027 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120
This event is free and open to the general public.
Baptist Memorial Health Care and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are pleased to present Black Men in White Coats. This half-day program will feature guest speaker and founder of the Black Men in White Coats Video Series and mentoring program, Dr. Dale Okorodudu.
In 2011, Dr. Okorodudu collaborated with Duke University School of Medicine to start the Black Men in White Coats Video Series and mentoring program. The goal of the program was to inspire underrepresented minority students to consider medical careers and to increase ethnic and socioeconomic diversity in the field of medicine.
A 2014 Association of American Medical Colleges report confirmed the need for a program like this as the number of African-American males applying to medical school has dropped since 1978. In fact, today, less than 4 percent of practicing physicians are black. The study also identified factors that could contribute to this decline. Some of these included early education, community members and influences, and perceptions and images of African-American men.
The Black Men in White Coats half-day program will feature an opportunity for African-American male students to:
- Hear Dr. Okorodudu’s inspiring story
- Meet local Black Men and students in White Coats
- Get information and assistance pursuing a healthcare career
- Baptist Health Sciences University
- University of TN Health Science Center
- Bluff City Medical Society
- Bluff City Medical and Pharmaceutical Auxiliary
- NAACP Memphis Branch
- National Association of Health Services Executives
- National Civil Rights Museum