Sponsored by BJC and Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Fewer black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978. Only 2 percent of American doctors are black men, and black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. Dale Okorodudu, MD, formed the Black Men in White Coats initiative to increase the number of black men in the field of medicine through exposure, inspiration and mentoring.
The “Black Men in White Coats” documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large. Watch the trailer. BJC and Washington University School of Medicine team members are invited to stream the film for free, Feb. 12-16. Register for a passcode that grants access to view the film.
You do not need to watch the film to learn from the panel discussion and Q&A. The live event will focus on the “Black Men in White Coats” documentary and the common experiences of black men working in health care.
Moderator: Steven Player, PharmD, MBA, CDM, BJC Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
- Barrie Currie, Lab Assistant II/Glasswasher, WUSM Int Med – Endocrine/Metabolism
- Alex Carter, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, WUSM Division of Neurorehabilitation
- Jason Morris, Fourth-Year Medical Student, WUSM
- Brian Powell, Student Nurse Tech, Christian Hospital (Graduating nursing student at Pace University)
4:30 – 5 p.m. Q&A with Dale Okorodudu, MD
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Washington University School of Medicine sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in advance at 314-273-2809 or MedDEI@wustl.edu.