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How Doctors Can Better Serve Black Patients

How Doctors Can Better Serve Black Patients
By: Ayana Byrd, ColorLines | Feb. 27, 2019

Physician Zia Okocha uses Black History Month as a framework to school her colleagues on the history of medical mistreatment committed against Black Americans—in the hopes that it will make them more informed, and better, doctors.

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Why every child should see a black male doctor

Why Every Child Should See a Black Male Doctor
By: Dale Okorodudu, STAT | Feb. 25, 2019

An unpleasant experience I had many years ago on an airplane initially left me angry. But it has since come to shape my thoughts on race and how increased diversity in the medical profession could influence the way white Americans view black men like me.

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Black Patients Racial Bias

Doctors and Racial Bias: Still a Long Way to Go
By: Aaron E. Carroll, The New York Times | Feb. 25, 2019

A lot of research shows that African-American patients are treated differently than white patients when it comes to cardiovascular procedures, in addition to racial bias overall.

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Black Doctors Bias at Work

How Professionals of Color Say They Counter Bias at Work
By: Christine Hauser, The New York Times | Dec. 12, 2018

Black, Hispanic and Latino people make up a low proportion of medical school graduates in the United States. Several doctors described their experiences with implicit bias, or unconscious assumptions about race.

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Dr Fatima Cody Standord Racially Profiled on Delta

‘Are You Actually an M.D.?’: A Black Doctor Is Questioned as She Intervenes on a Delta Flight
By: Christine Hauser, The New York Times | Nov. 2, 2018

Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford was on a Delta flight from Indianapolis to Boston on Tuesday when she noticed the woman next to her showing signs of distress. So Dr. Stanford did what she was trained to do in more than a decade of experience as a doctor — she began to assist her.

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Affirmative Action for Black Doctors

Data on Black Doctors and Value of Affirmative Action

By: Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed | Sept. 17, 2018

Much of the debate about affirmative action in admissions focuses on the value of diversity in the classroom, or on the impact of various policies on both those admitted and those who aren't.

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Need More Black Doctors

Why America Needs More Black Doctors

By: Joseph P. Williams, Staff Writer, U.S.News | Aug. 31, 2018

IN HIS BRACING 2015 memoir, "Black Man in a White Coat," Damon Tweedy examined race, health and the medical profession from his perspective as an African-American doctor navigating through a mostly white world. The diagnosis wasn't pretty...

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Black Men Benefit from Seeing Black Doctor

STUDY: Increasing Number of Black Doctors Could Save Black Men's Lives

By: Ayana Byrd, Colorlines | Aug. 21, 2018

A group of researchers set out to explore why Black men have the lowest life expectancy of any ethnic group in the United States. Their work reveals just how important race is when it comes to who provides medical care.

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Black men more accepting of CV screening when offered by black doctors

Black Men More Accepting of CV Screening When Offered by Black Doctors

By: Daniel Allar, Cardiovascular Business | August 20, 2018

Researchers have offered many theories about why black people are disproportionately affected by heart disease and diabetes. Genetic factors, poor diet, lack of insurance, lack of access to care and residence in “food deserts” have all been suggested as potential contributors.

But how about a lack of black physicians? A recent study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research found that black men were significantly more likely to follow through with preventive cardiovascular screening when they were seen by a black doctor versus a white or an Asian physician.

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Black Doctors Positive Attitude with Patients

NURSE ALICE: Study Shows Black Doctors Have More Positive Attitudes Toward Patients

By: Nurse Alice Benjamin, Black Enterprise | May 26, 2018

In a recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study it was found that black doctors generally had more positive attitudes toward the patient. Additionally, the study affirms what some other studies have already shown, specifically that black doctors and African American clinicians have more positive attitudes toward patients with sickle cell disease, an illness only found among African Americans.

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Black Doctors Success Story

Against the Odds: 3 Black Doctors Detail Journey to Success

By: Chevel Johnson, AP News | May 13, 2018

One used to deal drugs on the streets of New Orleans. Another grew up in Chicago with two drug-addicted parents. A third survived the tough streets of New York and Washington, D.C., where he once stared down the barrel of a gun.

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Diversity in Medicine

The Next Generation of African-American Doctors Finds Success and Support at this University

By: Hari Sreenivasan, PBS News Hour | May 8, 2018

Xavier University, a small, historically black college in New Orleans, manages to graduate more African Americans who go on to become medical doctors than any other undergraduate institution in the country -- a fact that's even more striking given a drop in black males applying to medical schools. In our series Rethinking College, Hari Sreenivasan reports on what sets the school apart.

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Black Doctors Make Less Money Than White Doctors

Women and Black Doctors Still Make Far Less Than White Male Doctors

By: Jesse Hicks, Tonic | Apr. 11, 2018

A new report finds that when it comes to physician pay, women and black doctors still make less on average than their white male counterparts. Unfortunately, that gap is nothing new, and suggests a systemic bias similar to that found in other professions. Experts say that’s not just a problem of people getting equal pay for equal work. It can also influence who enters the profession and even, some research shows, affect patient care.

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These doctors are trying to get more people of color to join their ranks. What some have overcome is startling...

Videos by Matthew Durning, Text by Megha Satyanarayana, STAT | Feb. 7, 2018

To many in the medical profession, it’s a public health crisis in the making: While African-Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, only about 6 percent of doctors are black. And evidence shows that patients feel better about the quality of their health care when their doctors look like them.

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Black Doctors in History


History of Black Doctors James McCune Smith

A Medical Perspective: History of African-Americans in Medicine

SOURCE: Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives

View this chronology of African-Americans in medicine highlighting medical achievements by black medical professionals, the development of African-American hospitals, medical schools/programs and associations.

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History of Black Doctors

11 African-Americans Who Made Medical History

SOURCE: American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine

View this list of African-Americans in medicine who made history with their achievements.

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History of Black Doctors Dr Charles Drew

Charles Drew, the black physician who created the first blood bank in 1941

SOURCE: Face2Face Africa,  Mildred Europa Taylor

Dr Charles Drew is considered by many as one of the most respected figures in the medical field following his development of the blood plasma bank that has saved a million lives.

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History of Black Doctors Dr John Henry Jordan

The Struggle and Triumph of America's First Black Doctors

SOURCE: The Atlantic, Karen Jordan

African American physicians have dealt with distrust and misperceptions for more than a century.

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