Black Physician News

Stanford Surgical Resident Auriel August Discusses The Critical Need For More Diversity in Medicine

Stanford general surgery resident Auriel August decided to become a surgeon at eight years old. Yet growing up, she couldn’t find a popular black female surgeon to look up to. It’s why two years ago she started the Twitter account, @blackgrlsurgeon, so she could be out in the open for anyone in search of a role model.

“I want to be a visible face in academic surgery,” she says, “So young Black girls have someone to look up to and say, ‘I can be like this.’”

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CAR MECHANIC CHANGES GEARS AFTER OVER 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS, BECOMES DOCTOR AT AGE 47

It’s never too late to live the life of your dreams. Carl Allamby’s recent shift as an expert car mechanic to an emergency medicine doctor at the age of 47, is proof.

In 2006, after running a successful car repair business for decades, Allamby decided to take night classes in pursuit of a business degree that would help him expand his operations. However, a required biology class ended up changing the entire trajectory of his life.

A fateful encounter with a teacher, Dr. Micah Watts, who was also a resident in interventional radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, provided Allamby with the visual inspiration he needed to shift gears.

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People Like Us: How Our Identities Shape Health And Educational Success

 

"Will black men take more preventative care services if they are randomly assigned to a black doctor?

They recruited men from barbershops and flea markets around Oakland. About 600 agreed to go to a clinic for a checkup.

The study found that black men assigned to a black doctor did accept more preventative services. And not by a little — by a lot."

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Inspiring Choices: Mentorship Can Boost African-American Representation in Medicine

Texas Medical Association
"In many cases, black and Hispanic students come from homes with no college graduates and attend public schools with few resources, Dr. Okorodudu says. Many of these students also live in poverty and frequently run up against long-standing prejudices.

Such obstacles contribute to a lack of role models and mentors in medicine, as well as other fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), he says."

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