As a black doctor, I understand the importance of having a diverse medical workforce. The lack of black doctors in the medical field can be a major deterrent for black patients seeking care. This is why it is so important to start introducing young people to STEM fields at an early age. It is also essential to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive for black healthcare providers.
There are many factors that contribute to the low number of black doctors in the medical field. Government racism, historical facts related to medical abuse of blacks, economic situation, insurance coverage, education level and much more all play a role. One of the most significant issues is the lack of mentoring and sponsorship for black teachers and students, as well as barriers to promotion and progress. In addition, many academic medical centers have failed to maintain their commitment to maintaining diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments for Black students and teachers.
This has led to a hostile work environment for many black healthcare providers, making it difficult for them to stay in the field. The Tuskegee Institute's Public Health Service study is a prime example of how medical abuse of blacks has been a part of history for centuries. The study recorded the natural history of syphilis in black men without their knowledge or consent. This type of racism has been perpetuated by white men who were accepted into medical schools under racist admission practices and even some who participated in and benefited from the slavery, colonization and oppression of Black people. It is essential that academic medical centers and their leaders actively listen and respond accordingly to the concerns of Black teachers and students.
They must adopt an anti-racist philosophy and commit the time, effort and resources needed to dismantle structural racism and supremacy Blanca, rooted in their current institutional cultures. It is also important to show young black children that they can do anything, that people are here to help and guide them, especially at a young age. Jeremy Ansah-Twum, a 25-year-old black medical student at CU Anschutz, said he benefits from the MHMS program which helps him pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Candace Cephers, a 26-year-old black medical student at CU Anschutz, shared Kamau's sentiments on the importance of introducing black students to STEM fields at an early age. In conclusion, it is essential that academic medical centers create an environment that is welcoming and supportive for black healthcare providers.
They must actively listen and respond accordingly to the concerns of Black teachers and students, adopt an anti-racist philosophy and commit the time, effort and resources needed to dismantle structural racism and supremacy Blanca.