CONFRONTING FLEXNER-- DR. EARL STEWART, JR.
From Imanni Sheppard
Diversity in medicine is crucial to the achievement of health equity. The visibility, amenability, and availability of African-American male attending physicians practicing in various settings and specialties to mentor African-American students interested in a career in medicine is crucial to overcoming the diminutive number of African-American males applying to medical school. Six percent of all physicians are African-American. Less than one percent of all physicians are African-American men. The creation and employ of medical school-based pipeline programs that offer pre-medical training programs for underrepresented minorities in medicine to prepare for medical training and formidable intramural recruitment campaigns and departments that employ the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion aimed at the achievement of a high social mission rating are necessary components of all medical school training programs instead of a select few to help achieve equitable health care for all Americans. These topics will be surveyed and discussed.