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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

90,000 Reasons Why We Need More Black Doctors

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Whether you know it or not, there is a shortage of black doctors in America. How short? About 15,000 - 20,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). And it's going to get worse. AAMC estimates that by the year 2020, we will have a shortage of 90,000 black physicians. What can we do?

How one group is helping

The key to reducing the steadily declining number of African Americans pursuing physician careers is to reach out, educate, and cultivate more interest among black students who will become future physicians. Non-profit Tour for Diversity in Medicine (TDM) is touring America's campuses to spread the word and cultivate future physicians and dentists from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Reaching students across the country

TDM's focus is to reach underrepresented minorities, inform them about current and future racial and ethnic health care disparities, and serve as mentors for students interested in pursuing careers as health care professionals. The group tours campuses across the country, setting up workshops, and partnering with key players in academia, health care, and education to foster more interest among students.

TDM was established by Alden M Landry, MD, a New York emergency medicine physician, and Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, JD., Chief Medical Officer in Chicago. They not only tour campuses in search of increasing the number of minority students entering health care fields, but they also provide online seminars, online research and educational tools.

To learn more about TDM, visit
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