Race in Medicine SIG

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Annual Report

Angela Ellison MD MSc - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Caryn R. R. Rodgers, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

SIG purpose/mission: To bring awareness to the role of race in the practice of medicine and to provide resources by which our members can support the healthy development and optimal care for youth of color living in the United States.

Current SIG goals:

  1. To develop strategies for increasing diversity and retention among academic medical faculty across the United States.
  2. To develop best practices for caring for youth of color in the primary care setting.

Annual summary:

This year our SIG meeting focused on addressing the latest statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges illustrating the declining enrollment of black males in US medical schools. We discussed the impact of this decline on the education of all future physicians and the health outcomes of patients. We concluded by discussing barriers and obstacles faced by black males pursuing careers in medicine and potential solutions to these identified barriers.

Our invigorating session was led by a panel of black male physicians at varying levels in their careers:

Jean L. Raphael, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine

Vincent C. Smith, MD MPH
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Associate Director of NICU, Department of Neonatology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Joshua Ellis
4th Year Medical Student
Howard University College of Medicine

George Dalembert, MD
3rd Year Resident
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Joseph L. Wright, MD MPH                                                                   
Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
Howard University College of Medicine

In addition to this panel discussion, Tumaini Rucker Coker MD MBA came to discuss her role as the APA Board Chair of Membership, Diversity and Inclusion. During this discussion Dr. Coker discussed the purpose of her role on the APA board and asked for ideas and suggestions in including important issues around diversity and inclusion.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS
4650 Sunset Blvd., #76
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 361-7202

Tiffani Johnson, MD, MSc
3401 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (973) 62-2067

Current SIG Mentor:

Fernando Mendoza, MD
1265 Welch Road, x238
Stanford, CA 94305-5459
Phone: (650) 725-8292




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