PROJECT 

DIVERSIFY 

MEDICINE

Pre-med advice for the culture

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THERE IS A NATIONAL SHORTAGE OF BLACK AND BROWN DOCTORS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD

Historically, minorities have lacked representation in the physician workforce.  The fact that many medical school classrooms across the U.S. still have fewer than 10 minority students is proof that more work needs to be done to improve representation of black and brown doctors

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STATE OF DIVERSITY IN MEDICINE: 

2019-2020 AAMC STATS

  • Matriculants to U.S. Med Schools

    • White: 10,181​

    • Asian: 4,687

    • Black: 1,626

    • Hispanic: 1,412

    • American Indian or Alaska Native:44

    • Pacific Islander: 13

  • Number of U.S. Med School Applicants

    • White: 23,456​

    • Black: 4,418

    • Hispanic: 3,350

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 89

    • Pacific Islander: 42

  • Currently, there are over 1,000,000 active physicians in the U.S , HOWEVER...

    • Black Physicians: 5%​

    • Hispanic Physicians: 5%

    • Native American Physicians: <1 %

    • Pacific Islander Physicians: <1%

why are black and brown doctors missing from the table?

The journey of becoming a doctor is hard for anyone, but it is even harder for minorities. We have to find ways to excel academically all while trying to overcome social injustices, lower socioeconomic status, lack of access to resources or guidance on the pre-med process.

 

More often than not, aspiring minority doctors succumb to these challenges and give up pursuing their white coat.

It is time to CHANGE this narrative- this is why we created this village.

WHY DO WE NEED MORE

BLACK AND BROWN DOCTORS?

Research studies have shown that minority doctors are more likely to serve undeserved communities. Thus, diversifying the physician workforce means increased access to healthcare and improved health for minorities who historically are disproportionately impacted by negative health outcomes. 

 

Furthermore, studies have shown increasing diversity in medicine leads to increased cultural competency  that as they have cultural competence that fosters a rapport with minorities that leads to better

our solution

our mission:

 

Help the culture

get the white coat 

THERE IS A NATIONAL SHORTAGE OF BLACK AND BROWN DOCTORS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD

Historically, minorities have lacked representation in the physician workforce.  Today in 2020,  there are still numerous medical schools across the U.S. with fewer than 10 minority students per class. This is unacceptable and represents the need for more work to be done to build pathways to help black and brown doctors gain admission to medical school and create a medical field that reflects the cultural diversity of our society.

COACHING

WEBINARS

STATE OF DIVERSITY IN MEDICINE: 

2019-2020 AAMC STATS

  • Matriculants to U.S. Med Schools

    • White: 10,181​

    • Asian: 4,687

    • Black: 1,626

    • Hispanic: 1,412

    • American Indian or Alaska Native:44

    • Pacific Islander: 13

  • Number of U.S. Med School Applicants

    • White: 23,456​

    • Black: 4,418

    • Hispanic: 3,350

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 89

    • Pacific Islander: 42

  • there are over 1,000,000 active physicians in the U.S , HOWEVER...

    • Black Physicians: 5%​

    • Hispanic Physicians: 5%

    • Native American Physicians: <1 %

    • Pacific Islander Physicians: <1%

why are black and brown doctors missing from the table?

The journey of becoming a doctor is hard for anyone, but it is even harder for minorities. Far too often minority pre-meds have to find ways to excel academically all while trying to overcome social injustices, lower socioeconomic status, inequity in K-12 education, and lack of guidance on the pre-med process.

 

More often than not, aspiring minority doctors succumb to these challenges and give up the pursuit of their white coat altogether.

It is time to CHANGE this narrative and that is the mission for this village.

WHY DO WE NEED MORE

BLACK AND BROWN DOCTORS?

Research studies have shown that minority doctors are more likely to serve undeserved communities where there are doctor shortages. Thus, diversifying the physician workforce means increased access to healthcare and improved health outcomes for minorities in these communities.

Increasing physician workforce diversity also improves adherence  to recommended preventative care with minorities according to recent studies. Minorities feel more comfortable with doctors that reflect their image as it has been  well documented that minorities have difficulty establishing trust with non-minority doctors due history of discrimination. As a result, minorities are less likely to seek treatment or comply to medical recommendations.

 

Furthermore, studies have shown increasing diversity in medicine leads to increased cultural competency amongst health care providers. Lack of cultural competence leads to ineffective communication, bias, and ultimately results in inequity in the  delivery of healthcare to minorities that ultimately leads  poor health outcomes.

our solution

We like to make our own rules at Project Diversify Medicine! The traditional approach to inspiring future black and brown doctors usually involves powerpoint with jargon about the premed process, information housed on complicated website or pipeline program whose benefits are limited to a few students.  

 

We need to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX if we want far reaching impact that will motivate more minorities to become doctors and change the face of medicine.

Our goal is to provide ancedotes and innovative ways to engage the culture to pursue their white coat.

 

We have identified several areas that would be key in helping aspiring minority doctors to overcome the barriers preventing them from getting into medical school.  

 

These 11 areas are called our "SSCREEN RACE-M" pillars and they are the cornerstones for which we base our initiatives to engage minorities become competitive.

SOCIAL MEDIA

STORYTELLING

CROWDFUNDING

EDUCATION

EARLY EXPOSURE

NETWORKING

RESUME BUILDING

ADVOCACY 

COMMUNITY BUILDING

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

MENTORSHIP

 


 

our initiatives

The 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 2nd and 4th Sunday at 5pm CST @ProjectDiversifyMedicine

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. 

 Documentary

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.

Doctor of Color Summit

To become a doctor you need a VILLAGE!  We are excited to announce our first virtual conference, the Doctor of Color Summit coming July 2020. Our goal is to leverage social media to increase accessibility to resources and mentorship through lectures from minority doctors and learn from their journey into medicine.

Cornbread and White Coats

Knowledge is POWER! Cornbread and White Coats is a resource in our community to help our future doctors navigate the premed process. Cornbread has been a symbol of tradition in our culture from our ancestors and seen as a source of hearty, filling nourishment. It's only fitting we intersect this symbolism into our premed conversations as a goal to fill our future doctors with valuable knowledge to help you secure the white coat! We serve our cornbread two ways: IG post @ProjectDiversifyMedicine and via our video lecture series.

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!

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.

****Application deadline for June 2020 cycle is  April 15th, 2020

 Premedpreneur

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. 

***Next Master Class date: March 24th 2020

Doctor Starter Kit

Tired of scrolling the internet googling "How to become a doctor?" Well, you are in luck because our Doctor Starter Kit can be delivered to your doorstep with all the tools you need to navigate the premed process starting from Freshman year of college to medical school admission process. This box includes scripts for shadowing/letter of recommendation request, sample interview questions, GPA requirements and plans for GPA repair,  medical school application timeline, MCAT strategy and so much more! It even comes with an emergency plan if you get rejected or need a gap year. The goal of this kit is to help you apply to medical school without confusion and secure your white coat!

Next Release date: April 1, 2020

 

OUR community

PROJECT DIVERSIFY MEDICINE IS  THE INTERSECTION OF CULTURE AND MEDICINE. 

the pulse of project diversify medicine is our virtual IG village that has grown to over 3ok since it's founding in 2015.

WE SEE THE NEED AND VALUE OF DIVERSITY IN MEDICINE TO HEAL OUR CULTURE AND IMPROVE OUR HEALTH OUTCOMES

OUR APPROACH TO INCREASING DIVERSITY IN THE MEDICAL FIELD IS RATHER UNIQUE IN  WHICH WE LEVERAGE SOCIAL MEDIA AND CULTURE TO INSPIRE AND EDUCATE FUTURE BLACK AND BROWN ASPIRING DOCTORS 

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FOUNDER

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.

LET'S CONNECT

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village! We would love to hear from you. We welcome warm words of support, questions, opportunities for collaboration and speaking engagements, community updates about diversifying medicine or those wanting to find ways to support aspiring doctors in our community. 

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