How “Black Men in White Coats” is Inspiring Black Boys to Become Doctors

How “Black Men in White Coats” is Inspiring Black Boys to Become Doctors

April 21, 2021 0

Dr. Dale Okorodudu, an African American doctor and founder of Black Men in White Coats is determined to make an impact on the world by helping develop future leaders in medicine. Okorodudu organizes youth summits with the aim of inspiring black children to pursue careers as doctors. “Some surprising data showed that the number of black men applying in the medical field was falling. In fact, there were fewer in 2011 than in 1978,” shared Dr. Okorodudu through the organization’s YouTube channel. “Our mission is to inspire the next generation of medical leaders and to diversify the field of medicine with a special focus on black men. The Black Men in White Coat summits are attended by hundreds of students from third grade through middle and high school.These students are able to connect with educators, doctors, and community leaders and discover resources that would help them progress towards becoming doctors.

African American teens attending this summit gain a better understanding of the science behind this career. They will experience CPR training, splint demonstrations, anatomy scans, and more. Parents who were required to take part with students also benefited from this. In addition, learn how they can help their children on this career path. “I think it’s good to see representation, to see someone who looks like them, who has traversed through this career, so that that way they understand this is very doable and are likely to do that”. Brittany Drake, one of the parents who attended a previous summit with her children, told Fox 4 News.

Most importantly, the summit encouraged young black men they can be anything they put their mind into. It directly showed them what they can achieve in the future, like becoming a doctor “Medicine is a long road but it’s a road that many people who perhaps look like them have gone through and been successful. Medicine is a rewarding and exciting and interesting field. I hardly saw any Black males when I was coming up as a resident,” Dr. Emeka Etufugh shared. “I think it is special to see someone who looks like you, to inspire you and show you that it is possible to overcome this process and become a doctor.”

Learn more at https://www.blackmeninwhitecoats.org/

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