EM2001G "Establishing a Diverse Medical Workforce to Meet the Needs of Our Patient Population" (IM GR-013120)
As our nation becomes more diverse, disparities in health care persist. Eradicating the precipitating etiologies has long been at the forefront of public health, however, we continue to fall short of our nation’s health goals. A proposed strategy to better address these disparities is to establish a medical workforce that ethnically reflects the patient population which it serves. To this end, several initiatives have sought to achieve this with minimal overall progress. Noting an association between faculty diversity at academic medical centers and student body diversity, an intentional focus on increasing the number of underrepresented minority faculty at academic medical centers could serve as an impetus for workforce diversity. With an appreciation of this potential, we seek to implement innovative programs focused on preparing URM housestaff for careers in medical academia.
UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.
At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Understand the state of diversity in our current medical workforce
- Understand and appreciate the benefits of having a medical workforce that reflects its patient population
- Appreciate the challenges and difficulties in increasing diversity in the medical workforce
- Become familiar with the Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders program
Dale Okorodudu, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Dale Okorodudu was raised in League City, Texas just outside of Houston. He completed both his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Missouri then relocated to Durham, North Carolina where he did his Internal Medicine residency training at Duke University Medical Center. Following his time at Duke, Dr. Okorodudu returned to Texas and completed his Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship here at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical practice is at the Dallas VA Medical Center. Dr. Okorodudu has a passion addressing healthcare disparities which he has done via promoting diversity in the medical workforce. As an Amazon best-selling author, Dr. Okorodudu publishes books focused on equipping parents and youth in pursuit of careers in healthcare. He is also the founder of DiverseMedicine Inc. and Black Men In White Coats. Dr. Okorodudu and his team’s work has been nationally featured in several media outlets including NBC’s The TODAY Show, Forbes, and NPR. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 children, and church family.
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