Why is it easier to visualize a black man wearing an orange jumpsuit than a white lab coat? This is the provocative question posed by the filmmakers of “Black Men in White Coats,” a documentary examining the systemic barriers that prevent black men from becoming medical doctors. Dayton Metro Library is offering a free online screening of the film, February 18 - 21. Registration is required; participation will be limited to the first 300 people who register.
In 2013, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported that the already low number of black male applicants to medical school was decreasing. Dr. Dale Okorodudu, physician and founder of DiverseMedicine Inc., responded by partnering with medical schools across the country to produce short documentary videos to bring awareness to the issue. “Black Men in White Coats” is a product of those partnerships. The documentary explores how health care, the national economy, and the lives of all citizens would benefit if our medical workforce better reflected the diversity of our population.
“In researching this film, it became clear to me that it really aligns with the Library's strategic priorities to support both career development and community equity,” said Julie Buchanan, DML’s Programming Manager. “It’s shocking that there are fewer black men applying to med school now than there were in the 1970s. It’s difficult for young black men to see themselves in the medical field when there are so few role models. This lack of representation, coupled with unconscious bias, has negative impacts on health outcomes for patients of color.”
The film will be available for viewing from noon on Thursday, February 18, through noon on Sunday, February 21. Registered viewers will receive a unique code that can be used to watch the film on their computer or device during that time. Register at: https://indiescreening.com/screenings/139. View the trailer at https://trailer.bmwcmovie.com/.
For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call 937-463-2665.