Video discussion: Black Men in White Coats
February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
- Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Auditorium - Room 203
(VTCSOM faculty staff and students)
- Or watch online and participate Zoom
(open to the public)
Registration required to obtain video pass or participate in person
Documentary: Black Men in White Coats
Movie will be followed by a discussion lead by our new Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Azziza (Kemi) Bankole
Movie Synopsis: 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?
How to participate: People have a choice of watching on their own between February 23 and February 25 or, anyone with a current 2 Riverside Circle proxy card to come join us at a public viewing in the auditorium on February 25 at 3:00pm. We will have a discussion after the session on February 25, accessible on Zoom.