There are nearly 1 million doctors in the United States, but less than 4 percent of them are black, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Tour for Diversity in Medicine, run by Dr. Kameron Matthews is attempting to change that by traveling to historically black colleges to recruit black students into the profession.
Though blacks, Native Americans and people of Latino or Hispanic origin accounted for about 28 percent of the U.S. population in 2008, they represented only about 12 percent of the nation’s medical school graduates in the past three decades, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Virginia recorded similar numbers.
Matthews teamed with other doctors to create the tour because they wanted to ensure that minority students have the logistical information and support needed to launch a medical career.
Their seven-hour program provides tips on interviewing, test-taking and applying to medical and dental school. The doctors also offer advice, encouragement and, in some cases, serve as mentors.
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