Less black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being black men, this comes as no surprise. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large. Health care accounts for nearly 20% of the United State’s GDP and a significant portion of that is driven by disparities in a system that lacks diverse physicians. What if we had a medical workforce that actually reflected our patient population? What challenges do our black boys face? Who are their role models? Why is it easier to visualize a black man in an orange jumpsuit than it is in a white coat? What’s happening in society that more black women are becoming doctors while black men are stagnant? WHOSE FAULT IS IT? It’s time to end this CRISIS and get more BLACK MEN IN WHITE COATS?
The documentary Black Men in White Coats is available for screening for 72 hours starting Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 at Noon. Access to the documentary is limited to the first 300 viewers. Click here to screen the documentary (Google Chrome works best). You will be asked to enter your email address and a unique code will be sent to you which will allow you to access the documentary.
A virtual Q&A session will follow the video screening period on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 (12:00 - 1:00 pm). The session will feature Dr. Dale Okorodudu, founder of Black Men in White Coats, as well as three UMMC African American male medical students who will share their reactions to the documentary's message and their own personal experiences. Click here to participate in the Q&A session.