Photo credits: Greensboro Medical Society
The percentage of American-born students who graduate from medical school to become doctors is shrinking significantly and this has been the case for a long time.
When It comes to the amount of black men becoming doctors, the numbers get even more dismal. According to a September 2016 report published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of black men who apply for medical colleges every year has been paltry for the last four decades.
The report released by the Association of American Medical Colleges is titled. “Many physicians will say they decided to become a physician because of someone they saw or met,” Wayne A.I. Frederick, MD, MBA, the president of Howard University told AAMC.org.
“That is something we have to be cognizant of and create more systems [that will] provide that mentoring and exposure.” Dr. Frederick continued. This makes perfect sense and the exposure to professional role models was definitely a catalyst for many black boys who grew up to be successful men.
However, a historic black organization called the Greensboro Medical Society has launched an initiative in North Carolina, which entails sending black doctors into predominantly black elementary schools and mentoring black boys with the hopes that they will grow up one day to practice medicine.
At the beginning of May 2018, 16 black male doctors ventured into Wiley Elementary School to reach out to 182 black boys from grades K-5. “The particular school we selected was socio-economically the poorest school in the county,” said Keith Funderburk, the man who organized this mentorship activity for the Greensboro Medical Society.
“The majority of these kids had never seen a black doctor.” he continued in his exclusive interview with the South Florida Times newspaper.
Wiley Elementary School’s story about inspiring black boys to become doctors is quite an inspiring one. However, black children with great black parents have an advantage. These parents have not only taught their children, but showed them what it takes to be a great scholar and professional. These values are first utilized and showcased in the home.
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