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What Other Institutions Should Learn from Morehouse School of Medicine

By |2019-11-01T17:06:15-04:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is the first woman to serve as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine. She’s also the first to successfully grow the freshman class to 100 students in almost 20 years, increasing diversity in medical education. But how? The Board of Trustees spoke about increasing the Atlanta med school’s number of freshman students entering the program. But leadership changes became a cycle, causing the number to continuously stall at only 56 students. Just three years after accepting the honorable roles of the School of Medicine’s president and deans, she did what those before her couldn’t. The medical school was finally celebrating its “first class of 100 aspiring [...]

3 Med Schools with Unique Programs Creating Diversity in Medical Education

By |2019-11-01T17:06:15-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , , |

What’s a good idea for creating a more diversity in medical education? Well, according to Susan E. Skochelak, MD, MPH, some med schools have figured it out. She shared three schools and the unique medical programs they’ve implemented for more diverse-learning styles in med schools. They offer ways for students to provide care to the underserved, the underprivileged and other groups most students never get to treat in regular programs. Could this become widespread? 3 Med Schools with Unique Programs Creating Diversity in Medical Education. Photo by Jopwell from Pexels. Diversity in Medical Education: These 3 Programs Are Getting It Right Medical schools across the country have made unique strides to [...]

White Coats for Black Lives: Can You Help Make a Difference?

By |2019-11-01T17:06:16-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , , , , |

White Coats For Black Lives is an organization that seeks to do away with racism in the medical industry. The main vision of the group is to ensure maximum care of patients by eliminating racism.  The organization is run by medical students. They draw their motivation from the National White Coat Die-In demonstrations of December 10, 2014.  The demonstrations happened after the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both were persons of color killed by police officers.  Medical students took to the streets to demonstrate against the injustices that led up to their deaths. This move by the medical students raised questions. Peopled wondered whether or not doing away with racism [...]

Stats & Trends for Women in Medicine: Closing the Gender Gap

By |2019-11-01T17:06:16-04:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Marjorie Stiegler is a practicing surgeon. As one of America’s women in medicine, she’s also studied gender stereotypes and bias in the industry for over a decade. Over the years, the woman doctor has tolerated many cutting comments. She even talks about a senior surgeon who complained about training women surgeons. In his biased opinion, they were all going to leave their professions to go have babies. And that was during Stiegler’s surgical training! Women Physicians Share Gender Bias Job-Related Nightmares Online She called for 30 women physicians to tell their stories related to gender bias in the workplace. Soon, women from across the globe shared their [...]

4 Black Women Doctors Who Broke Barriers and Made History

By |2019-08-09T20:27:55-04:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , |

Today, there’s a shortage of African American women doctors in this country. Experts are calling for more Black women to study medicine in the US. We’ve found four Black women doctors who not only broke barriers and made history, but they absolutely kicked butt in their fields of study. These 4 Black Women Doctors Absolutely Kicked Butt Many African American women have made strides as US physicians. But these four Black women went above and beyond, becoming firsts in multiple areas of medicine. These are their stories: Black Women Doctors Breaking Barriers in Medicine 1. Doctor Rebecca Lee Crumpler Working as a nurse, Rebecca Lee Crumpler decided to attend [...]

America Needs More African American Physicians to Save Black Lives

By |2019-08-09T20:26:41-04:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine, Medical News|Tags: , , , |

Damon Tweedy is an African American doctor practicing in the US. He published a memoir in 2015 entitled ‘Black Man in a White Coat’ he breaks down the medical profession, health and race from his point of view in a predominantly white industry. His diagnosis was harsh. The bottom line: Having more Black men as physicians in the US could actually save the lives of more African American men patients. MedSmarter Instructor & Student Advisor Dr. Marc Cray Diversity in the Medical Profession Only 6% of US Doctors are Black Tweedy believes diversity is a problem in the medical profession. There are very few doctors of color. And they, along [...]

Top Pre-Med, Medical Student & Graduate Resources: June 2019 Edition

By |2019-05-31T21:01:55-04:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Becoming a Doctor After High School, Blog Post Roundups, Clinical Rotations Resources, Diversity In Medicine, Foreign Graduates & Doctors, Getting Into Medical School, Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , , |

MedSmarter Blog Roundup June 2019 Hot Blog Topics You May Have Missed We've been working hard behind the scenes to bring you quality blog posts each week. Some have become hot topics among our readers. Here are a few hot posts written just for you that we think you should check out. 2019 Summer Medical Internships for High School Students Who Want to Become Doctors Know a teen planning to pursue a career in medicine? There are summer research programs that offer medical internships for high school students. So, teens can start preparing for to become doctors now, while still in school. [...]

Elizabeth Blackwell: Fighting Gender-Based Bias in the Field of Medicine

By |2019-05-31T19:19:58-04:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , |

It was 1897. And British-born Elizabeth Blackwell was trying desperately to get into medical school. She sent out multiple admission request letters, receiving one rejection after the next. One even expressed concerns that she was trying to “break” men’s heads with a stick. She was facing gender-based bias in the field of medicine. Women doctors continue breaking strides in the US. Image by skeeze from Pixabay Breaking the Gender-Based Bias in the Field of Medicine According to the rejection letters, all written by men, Blackwell was “intellectually inferior.” But this simply wasn’t the case, and she knew it. One letter, written by a med school dean, showed the true problem behind [...]

Why Do Women Drop Out of Premed More Than Men in the US?

By |2019-10-01T14:31:19-04:00April 27th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine, Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , |

According to a recent study, women drop out of premed more than men. This is even the case when they are earning high grades in college and have high GPAs, just like their male peers. So, why do men drop out less? Why Do Women Drop Out of Premed More Than Men? Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst Researchers report that girls in high school have more interest in practicing medicine than their male counterparts. They also earn better grades than the boys and go to college after graduation at higher rates. Wouldn’t that lead you to believe that more women complete premed programs and take the MCAT? Surprisingly, according [...]

America Needs More Women Medical Students & Female Surgeons

By |2019-05-31T19:33:32-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , , |

For the last two years, women have outpaced men in medical school attendance. This shows that more avenues are opening up for women to forge paths in areas of medicine previously denied to them. The new trend is also leading to an increase in women medical students across the country. This increase in gender diversity in medical education is good news. However, Americans still have quite a way to go in closing the gender gap faced by women in medicine. How can we close the male-dominated gender gap in the field of surgery? In what ways can we create more gender diversity for women who want to be surgeons? Women Only Represent [...]


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