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Race and Medicine
It's not a hidden secret that minorities have lacked representation in the doctor workforce. Far too often, our absence has been acknowledged, yet the "school to white coat " pipeline is still broken for aspiring doctors of color. Efforts and programs have been made, yet not far-reaching enough to bridge the massive gap in diversity in the medical field. Diversity in medicine has been more of an optional checkbox than a mandate to ensure protection of black and brown bodies that have been historically received poor access to quality health care.
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WHITE COAT FOUNDATION
(501c3 pending) Provides financial assistance to aspiring minority doctors through crowdfunding. Our White Coat Fund provides financial scholarships to assist with MCAT fees, application fees, transportation, board fees, and even babysitting for pre-med students with children.
doctor power hour
We know many aspiring minorities doctors will be 1st generation doctors and lack access to speak with other doctors to ask questions about their premed journey. Doctor Power Hour hosted by Dr. Denmark @ProjectDiversifyMedicine strive to alleviate this problematic barrier with live Q and A sessions about the premed journey from a doctor perspectives.
Doctor Power Hour Time: Every Monday at 10 pm
pdm apparel store
Whether you are pre-med or you earned your long white coat, the struggle of our journey is often unspoken. We want to change this narrative and empower aspiring and current black and brown doctors by telling our stories through the power of imagery with our apparel line. Our missions is to increase our visibility and feel confident about being melanated in medicine!
OLIVIA'S DOCTOR ADVENTURES
Written by Founder of Project Diversify Medicine Dr. Ashley Denmark, Olivia Doctor Adventures serves as early exposure to the medical field for children ages 4 and up. This book teaches children about various specialties in medicine from neurosurgery, anesthesiology, OB-GYN, dentistry and pharmacy.
secure the mcat scholarship
One lucky future doctor will have the opportunity for Project Diversify Medicine to cover the cost of your MCAT!
AND if you already signed up or took the MCAT you can get your money back!!!
We throwin' you some MCAT coins so you can focus on other stuff like, personal statements, applications so you can secure your white coat.
pdm shadowing program
Clinical experiences are a MUST for all pre-meds who want to secure the white coat. However, many minorities are first generation doctors and don't have connections with physicians to gain this experience. Through our program, we offer pre-med students opportunity to shadow with physicians and a chance to earn a physician letter of recommendation upon successful completion in order to become a more competitive applicant.
white coat preneur
One of the biggest obstacles associated with becoming a doctor is paying for the pre-med process. At PDM, we teach our future doctors how to develop the entrepreneurial spirit and launch side hustles that can help finance some of the the many expenses that come with securing the white coat.
Project Diversify Medicine has leveraged our voice to enact change at the legislative level through letter writing campaigns to advocate for the passing of legislation to help preserve the training hospital for Howard University College of Medicine which serves as one of the largest producers of black doctors. We also played an integral role in saving the Health Careers Opportunity Program which was on the verge of being defended by the U.S. Senate until our community voiced the need to preserve this pipeline for aspiring minority doctors through a letter writing campaign.
Project Diversify Medicine and Founder Dr. Ashley Denmark were featured in a documentary in 2019, entitled Empowered Voices: More Than Enough to Heal. This documentary created by American Heart Association which explores the impact of black doctors, the shortage of minority doctors, value of HBCU's in premed education and strengthening the minority pipeline to medical school.
LETS HELP GET MORE BROWN & BLACK FOLKS INTO MED SCHOOL!!
DR. ASHLEY DENMARK
PHYSICIAN, AUTHOR, AND DIVERSITY ADVOCATE
FROM DISHWASHER TO DOCTOR
Dr. Denmark grew up within blocks of Ferguson, Missouri and was inspired to become a physician since she was child. Her journey into healthcare didn't start in a white coat, but rather in the food and nutrition staff at local BJC Hospital in St. Louis Mo. Her story clearly didn't end there, but came full circle in 2018 as she returned to BJC Medical Group Missouri as the FIRST BLACK FEMALE Family Medicine Physician for Missouri Baptist Medical Center since it's opening more than 130 years ago.
Started medical school pregnant
Never backing down from a challenge, Dr. Denmark found herself 36 weeks pregnant with her first daughter Olivia when she started her first week of medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Aug 2011. She would go on to have her second child Ethan in her 4th year of medical school and her 3rd child Vivian in 2nd year of her residency program. She is married to her college sweetheart, Anthony, who is a lawyer.
DIVERSITY ADVOCATE and Author
After becoming one of the FIRST African American Female Physicians to graduate from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (Spartanburg Campus) inaugural class in 2015, Dr. Denmark passion for diversifying medicine lead to the launch of Project Diversify Medicine. This virtual community houses antecedotes, inspiration and educational resources to help minorities get into medical school.
To further her mission, her daughter Olivia inspired and assisted her with writing her first children'book, Olivia's Doctor Adventures which teaches children about different types of doctors including cardiologist, neurosurgery, OB-GYN, psychiatry, dentist, pharmacist and many more specialties.
Dr. Denmark is the self proclaimed "Diversity Doc" and is committed helping create a diverse and inclusive physician workforce.
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