Current SIG Co-Chairs:
Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS
Tiffani Johnson, MD, MSc
Alexandra Corley, MD, MPH
The purpose and mission of the Race in Medicine SIG is 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. The SIG’s current goals are (1) to develop strategies for increasing diversity and retention among academic medical faculty across the United States and (2) to develop best practices for caring for the youth of color in the primary care setting.
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.