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Black Men in White Coats is a movement created by Diverse Medicine Inc. Diverse Medicine focuses on “Black Men in White Coats” especially during February for Black History Month. They show short documentary series featuring African American providers and their journey into their white coats. They recently traveled to UT Southwestern in Dallas, and were fortunate enough to be sponsored by the hospital in order to get their message across.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only five percent of practicing physicians in the U.S. are black. UT Southwestern plans to increase that percentage with not only African Americans but every ethnicity.

Diverse Medicine featured two physicians, Brian Williams, M.D. and Curtiss Moore, M.D. View their stories below:

Curtiss Moore, M.D.

Brian Williams, M.D.

At Medestar and THMED we would like to focus our February on the transformation in the healthcare industry involving diversity. In 1847, the first African American medical student graduated from a northern medical school. His name was David J. Peck and attended Rush Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. A couple years after David graduated from medical school, two students were awarded medical degrees, John V. De Grasse and Thomas J. White.

In 1895, there were only 385 African American doctors. Seven percent of these physicians graduated from “white” medical schools. According to “Diversity in the Physician Workforce: Facts & Figures 2010,” released by the Association of American Medical Colleges, there are only 6.3% African American physicians. Though this number has increased since the late 1800’s, it is not a substantial increase. In order to encourage diversity in the healthcare industry join the movement Diverse Medicine Inc. has started and motivate your colleagues to do the same. “The biggest thing for me is meeting with all sorts of people from all different backgrounds. It becomes ingrained in you that people are people, treat them based on who they are not what they look like or where they are from. That’s what I try to carry over in my practice as a physician.” – Brian Williams, M.D.