What It Is Like To Be A Young Black DoctorYoung Black doctors say they hope to change the lack of medical access in their communities.
It also perpetuates a sense that medical and mental health care is not of or for the Black community.
DANIELLE HAIRSTON: I had the example of a Black woman pediatrician, and so it never occurred to me, like, I couldn’t become a doctor.
NOGUCHI: Hairston is now the director of psychiatry residency at Howard University, educating young Black doctors herself.
Black physicians remain in a disproportionately small minority, and many say that’s because medical training itself alienates them, perpetuating those gaps.