Why black doctors are important?

Owen Garrick talking to Stanford student Javarcia Ivory. The Oakland Health Disparities Project asked if a doctor's race made a difference in patients' health outcomes.

Why black doctors are important?

Owen Garrick talking to Stanford student Javarcia Ivory. The Oakland Health Disparities Project asked if a doctor's race made a difference in patients' health outcomes. Oakland Health Disparities Project hide caption Although African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. UU.

Population, represent only 5% of physicians. How does this lack of diversity in the medical workforce affect the health and well-being of black patients? Dr. Owen Garrick, CEO and President of Bridge Clinical Research, wanted to know. Set out to investigate through a clinical study whether doctor's race mattered to successfully encourage black patients to take advantage of preventive health care services, such as cholesterol and diabetes screenings.

Today on the show, Short Wave host Maddie Sofia and reporter Emily Kwong talk about the implications of their study, Does Diversity Matter? Experimental Evidence from Oakland and the Importance of Diversity in Medicine to Improve the Health of Communities of Color. And throughout this week, Short Wave will celebrate and recognize the scientific contributions of black researchers. Starting tomorrow, we'll be reairing some of our favorite past episodes featuring black scientists and their work. This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, verified by Brit Hanson and edited by Viet Le.

Why? Because the talents of black youth who would make outstanding doctors are being wasted, as so few enter the medical profession, and because blacks need much greater access to culturally connected doctors who understand their lives and challenges as much as their clinical needs. In addition to working shifts in his hospital's intensive care unit, he embarked on an educational campaign aimed at black communities through the local branch of the National Medical Association, which represents African-American doctors and their patents. While structural inequalities that prevent Black students from pursuing careers in medicine persist, obstacles that block their paths can be reduced. But what will not change is the doctor's ability to give dignity to others, to give compassion in a time of vulnerability, to act ethically and to help those in need.

Expanding financial aid for Black students during undergraduate school and beyond would go a long way, as would reducing test fees or establishing programs through which universities and medical schools would contribute to them. The white-dominated field of medicine has a history of exploiting African Americans, from the infamous “Tuskegee Study,” a 40-year government experiment that left hundreds of black men with syphilis untreated so that scientists could study the disease, to the case of Henrietta Lacks, who cancer cells were removed. without their consent and became a pillar of biological research. Equitable healthcare requires progress both in the laboratory and in the clinic, and black physician-researchers tend to study issues related to the health of black communities.

Patients who met with black doctors asked for more preventive services than patients who met with non-black doctors. The data also shows that black doctors are more likely to work in primary care, where there is a greater need, than in specialized care. A little over a year ago, the Association of American Medical Colleges sounded the alarm, reporting that there were fewer black men applying for and attending medical school than in 1978, in a nation that has no doctors to spare and whose minority population has skyrocketed in the last 40. age.

While white doctors can serve as mentors to aspiring black doctors, they are less likely to practice in communities where black youth live. For example, a residency program that serves a population with 40 percent black population should receive more funding if its class is between 30 and 40 percent black compared to 10 to 20 percent black. Black patients, for example, may feel more cautious with a white doctor than a black doctor, and white doctors may feel less comfortable caring for minority patients. More Black Doctors Will Mean More Black Lives Saved and Fewer Debilitating Health Conditions That Limit Economic Opportunities in Black Communities.

The total number of minority doctors, including black doctors, is increasing, although not as fast as it should. Coronavirus is infecting African Americans at a rate three times that of white Americans and is killing them twice as many times. . .