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Doctors discuss need for more Black male doctors amid release of 'Black Men in White Coats' documentary

Southwestern Medical District partners hold panel discussion to discuss attracting Black men to medical careers.

On Feb. 4, UT Southwestern held a virtual panel discussion to address the low number of Black men who pursue careers as physicians and the release of a documentary titled “Black Men in White Coats.” The film was produced by Dr. Dale Okorodudu, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, who launched an organization of the same name in 2013 to inspire more young Black men to become doctors. Currently, only 2 percent of U.S. doctors are Black men.

Watch the full discussion among panelists Dr. Okorodudu; Dr. Quinn Capers IV, Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity at UT Southwestern and holder of the the Rody P. Cox, M.D., Professorship in Internal Medicine; Cameron Holmes, a third-year UTSW medical student; and Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris II, Medical Director of Correctional Health Services at Parkland Memorial Hospital. The event was moderated by Dr. Marc Nivet, Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UT Southwestern. Drs. Capers and Nivet both appear in the documentary.

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