Black Woman in Medicine

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Dental students will be writing a 2-3 pages reflection paper on the documentary “Black Women in Medicine” (link below). Using and Citing the readings that have helped you reach your conclusions in this paper is required for receiving a complete grade on this assignment.

The “Back Women in Medicine” documentary honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine through featuring a cross-section of black female pioneers in medicine and healthcare. The documentary speaks to several issues that we have been discussing together in class and through the modules’ readings. Although the documentary focuses on black women experiences within the medical field, it actually sheds the light upon a lot more than that. Issues like access of underrepresented minorities to the health professions education, affirmative action, racism and sexism in the health profession, challenges that underrepresented minority students face, implicit bias, mentorship, role modeling…. etc are some of the topics that have been discussed in this documentary. The speakers also discuss some of the polices and strategies that can be used to increase diversity in the health profession and the reason why diversity of the health professionals force can be important for our patients and students.

Link to the documentary:

You can use some of the following questions to help you as you write your reflection paper on this documentary:

  • What were your reactions to this documentary?
  • How are the readings from our class, in-class discussion, videos…etc connected to what has been discussed in this documentary?
  • What are the theoretical frameworks or concepts in our modules that can be related to what has been discussed in this documentary? How can these frameworks explain the speakers’ experiences?
  • Are any of the experiences of the women in the video relatable to what you have seen in your education and career as a health professional?
  • Do you think it is different now in the health profession than what has been described in the documentary or are some of the experiences still relevant? How far along have we become since this documentary?
  • How did this documentary change or confirm your view on diversity and equity issues in the health profession?
  • Do you think diversity is important in the health professional force? Why or why not?
  • What are certain measures or policies that you think can help increase diversity in the health professional force?

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