Monday, February 22, 2021

Black Men in White Coats Documentary and Q&A

6:30 PM

The Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Departments of Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, PM&R, Surgery, and Urology present Black Men in White Coats, a documentary exploring why only 2% of American doctors are black men and what that means for society. 

The documentary will be available for individual viewing from February 19-21, 2021. There will be a virtual Q&A session with Dr. Dale, Executive Producer and Founder of Black Men in White Coats, on Feb 22, 2021, at 6:30 pm via Zoom. You can submit questions ahead of time to coshepar@med.umich.edu.

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?  What are their roles?  Why is it easier to visualize a black man in an orange jumpsuit than it is a white coat?  What is 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!