Black History: Special Delivery!!
Dr. Dale Okorodudu is committed to connecting with black male youth and encouraging them to consider careers in the medical field. Currently, only Black Men In White Coats was established in 2013 by Okorodudu after he learned the number of black men entering the medical field was decreasing. In 2011 there were even less black males entering the medical field than in 1978. His mission for the organization “is to inspire the next generation of physician leaders and to diversify the field of medicine with a special emphasis on Black males.”. The event is open to all genders. Currently, on 6% of physicians in the U.S. are black. The 2019 event was held at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Several other medical schools from around the country also participated including, University of North Carolina, Duke University, University of Colorado and UCLA.
Students, parents, teachers, medical professionals, and community leaders participated in the event. The event welcomes students who are in the 3rd – 12th grades. Students are able to connect with mentors and other supports that can aid them in pursuing education and career options in the medical field; while parents are also given resources and guidance to understand how to support their child in pursuing a career in the medical field. For more info on the organization, visit their website: http://www.blackmeninwhitecoats.org/
Check out the video from the 2019 event: https://youtu.be/JsRlwGS2GqM