Recently, Kaiser Health News reported a drop in the number of black men applying to and enrolling in medical school since 1978:
- Applications fell from 1,410 in 1978 to 1,337 in 2014.
- Enrollment dropped from 542 to 515.
One explanation for this trend is the lack of role models. Young African-American men rarely see individuals who look like them in the medical workforce. This lack of diversity has serious implication for medical treatment as patients are more likely to listen to and trust medical professionals who they can relate to.
Read the article from Kaiser Health News.