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Recognize the many accomplishments of black men in medicine: #BlackMenInMedicine

There were fewer black men enrolling in medical school in 2014 than in 1978.

In a world where the first black president of the United States was elected nearly a decade ago with many declaring it to be a new day of progress for blacks in America, statistics such as this one come as a surprise. Fifteen years ago only 677,000 blacks held an advanced degree. Today that number is 1.6 million. For unclear reasons, these successes have not translated into increased representation of black men in medicine.

The 2015 AAMC report, “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine,” provided interviews of premedical students, physicians, and researchers that highlighted reasons for the decline in black men enrolled in medical school, emphasized research and data to help explain trends, and sought ways to encourage more black men to consider medicine as a career. They identified recurring themes such as unequal educational opportunities from kindergarten-12th grade, absent role models or mentors in medicine, negative societal bias and perceptions of black men, and the increasing financial burden from the cost of a medical education.

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