An Evening with Black Males in Medicine event was intended to provide outreach, networking and mentorship.
According to an article by Medium.com, 12 black male Physicians , all either graduates of Temple or in practice there , shared their wisdom with 21 aspiring Physicians at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels whose questions ranged from how to select a specialty to how to handle racial prejudice in the workplace.
The students were encouraged to exchange contact information and to schedule shadowing and mentoring opportunities.
According to a 2015 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine,” the number of black men admitted to medical schools in the United States peaked in 1978, at 542, when 1,410 black men applied. In 2014, 36 years later, only 1,337 black men applied and 515 were admitted. (There’s a shortage of black doctors overall: Less than 6 percent of medical school graduates nationally — 1,069 out of 19,254 — identified as black or African American in 2017, according to the AAMC.)
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