Dale Okorodudu, MD, the founder of DiverseMedicine Inc. and the Black Men In White Coats, has a message to the Black parents of the world and that is to please encourage your kids, especially your sons, to explore a career in medicine.
Why? Just look at how the 2020 pandemic has impacted the Black and Brown people of the United States. Doctor Okorodudu understands the uncomfortable reality about the virus and how it’s been particularly lethal for the African American and Latino population. Data across the board is calculating that those of us under 50 are dying of the COVID-19 at significantly greater rates than other groups, including whites. Here in New York, we are at twice the rate according to preliminary data released on the date of filing. This alarming news isn’t new for Dr. Okorodudu. The facts are helping to drive his initiative harder.
But Dr. Dale Okorodudu knew all of this and as the founder of DiverseMedicine Inc. and the Black Men In White Coats Video Series knowing what’s ahead is one of the key reasons that he’s passionate about health. Our health in particular.
Dr. Okorodudu was raised in League City, Texas (just outside of Houston), and completed both his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Missouri. He relocated to Durham, North Carolina where he completed his internal medicine residency training at Duke University Medical Center.
After training, Dr. Okorodudu returned to Texas and completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical practice is at the Dallas VA Medical Center. Dr. Okorodudu has a passion for addressing healthcare disparities which he has done via promoting diversity in the medical workforce. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and church family.
Dr. Okorodudu had this to share about why we need more Black men in the medical field.
AMSTERDAM NEWS: Dr. Dale Okorodudu why did you start Black Men in White Coats (BMIWC)?
DALE OKORODUDU, MD: It is an organization that I built to foster diversity in medicine through mentorship and motivation. It is my mission. There is only around 2% of medical school applicants in the United States are Black men and the number of Black males applying to medical school is declining despite rising rates in other fields of study.
AMN: So it’s safe to say that’s one of the inspirations behind creating and running Black Men In White Coats Video Series and books, as well?
DO: Exactly. In exposing young Black children to the idea that they could be doctors, leading by example, is paramount. Black young men need to see themselves as the men in white coats and know the coat would fit.
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