For black men, this phenomenon is compounded by the continuing underrepresentation of black men in medical schools. This is due to the Flexner Report of 1910, which resulted in many medical schools being closed, including all black schools, with the exception of two: Howard University School of Medicine and the only historically black university school. Since then, the United States has failed to adequately increase the number of black doctors. Wescott, co-director of one of the oldest programs in the country to train Native American doctors at the University of North Dakota, believes that medical schools should support underrepresented students and provide them with mentoring they may lack, especially those without family members who dedicate themselves to medicine. One of the obstacles preventing underrepresented minorities from accessing medical schools is the medical school admission exam (MCAT).
Last August, the Association of Medical Schools of the United States and the National Medical Association, which represents black doctors, joined forces to take more aggressive steps to combat what they said was a historically ingrained systemic racism that excluded people of color from medical schools. Hood), through which up to 10 native students who were rejected at other medical schools are provisionally accepted to OHSU and spend 10 months in classes, studying for the MCAT, and learning self-care skills in preparation for medical school. To increase the number of black men studying medicine and the number of African-American doctors in general, medical schools must recognize the systemic challenges related to these goals and participate in addressing them. The study showed a worrisome lack of progress and an absence of a serious and intentional effort on the part of medical school admissions committees to correct these inequities. Drew University of Medicine and Science, founded in 1966, and Morehouse School of Medicine, founded in 1975, are currently the only historically black medical schools in the country. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC directs and provides services to medical schools and teaching hospitals in the United States and to millions of academic medical professionals, including more than 193,000 full-time professors, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. He noted that while the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities, there was an increase in applications for admission to medical school among people of all races and ethnicities. Medical students spent their time between undergraduate studies and enrollment in medical school.
This fanaticism and low expectations marked the trajectory of black medical schools and ultimately affected hiring, education, and retention of black doctors whose medical education has yet to recover. The increase in the number of women graduating from medical schools has been accompanied by an increase in the number of full-time female medical teachers. In order for there to be an increase in African-American doctors in general and black men studying medicine specifically, it is essential for medical schools to recognize systemic challenges related to these goals and take part in addressing them. This includes providing mentorship for underrepresented students who may not have family members dedicated to medicine as well as taking more aggressive steps to combat systemic racism that has excluded people of color from medical schools. Additionally, programs such as Hood have been created which provisionally accept up to 10 native students who were rejected at other medical schools into OHSU for 10 months so they can take classes, study for their MCATs, and learn self-care skills before entering into a medical school.