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    Black female physicians face challenges just doing their jobs


    Yarborough became first interested in a possible career in medicine when she was a young girl, and she received a lot of encouragement from her pediatric allergist, who treated her severe allergies every week or every other week from the time she was four until she was 16.  “Just his demeanor and the care he offered was such that I found myself looking forward to my appointments,” Yarborough says.  “That was a really special connection, and then throughout high school and college, I volunteered at hospitals and interacted with physicians.  I had many awesome mentors along the way.”

    Mentors helped guide both Yarborough and Gordon through the process.   “So much of the journey to becoming a physician, for many, it’s still this black box,” Yarborough says.  “People need to know the steps along in the process, the things you need to do, the things you need to know about, even college applications.  The more that we can make these steps known, the easier it is for people to decide if this is something they see themselves being able to do.”


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    Gordon also said that it is important to promote women and especially women of color.  That influenced her decision to practice where she practices – because women are in leadership positions at her hospital.  “When medical students and residents look at a program and see doctors who look like them, they feel more comfortable applying to those positions,” Gordon says.

    Yarborough and Gordon encourage their colleagues at medical schools and hospitals to screen the film and to share books with students.

    “Recognizing the value of diversity in our field is incredibly important,” Yarborough says.  “It’s important for us to remain positive and encouraging (to young people). Some of our patients may be our colleagues in the future.”


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      This really makes me sad But I'm not sure if it's the color of the skin as much as the fact th the Dr is a woman I'm an MD a foreign medical graduate and my daughter is a Dr and she's an American born Dr her mother is Swedish American and i'm a Semite from Jerusalem She always told me she was mistaken for a nurse all the time and that really upset both of us So I bought her since Med school a qudusus gold Nickles and a Pin to help out and we both wear a white Dr's coat too Hr class had 50%% female Drs These days I really see girls much smarter than boys May be I'm biased I don't know
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      Since only 2% of doctors are female and black, and a much larger percentage of such individuals are nurses, is it possible that it is a simple statistical assumption and not racial bias that is causing the patient's confusion? Has Dr Gordon found any patients who declined to accept her care once she corrected their mistake? Why isn't this article about the doctor's achievement instead of about her patients' supposed social inadequacies.

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