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Mayo Clinic RISE for Equity Podcast: Episode 5

Presented by

Black Men in White Coats 

Featuring Eddie Greene, M.D. Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic  
Lewis Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D. Peter and Frances Georgeson Professor in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic 
Corey Shy, M.D. Instructor in Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis  

Only about three percent of the nation’s doctors are Black men, which lives in stark contrast to the overall Black population. In this episode, Lee Hawkins gathers a panel of Black men to examine this disparity and the unquestionable ripple effect of representation—or lack thereof. Listen as three accomplished Black men in white coats dissect the hurdles to medical school and representation in healthcare—from opportunity and mentorship to the power of seeing a doctor in Jordans.

“What we really need to do is expand that pool. And how we expand that pool is starting much earlier. So, getting to kids in elementary school, middle school.”

— Corey Shy, M.D. is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741), or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.