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A healthy trend at medical schools

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By Kemba Dunham, Boston Globe

As a child, Ryan Rasmus dreamed of being a doctor. Now, the 22-year-old is a first-year student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

“There is a great responsibility that comes with this education,’’ said Rasmus, an African-American who is originally from Houston. ’’It will enable me to impact my community in ways that may increase their quality of life and their longevity.’’

More minority students like Rasmus are enrolling in US medical schools, according a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges, a nonprofit that represents all 150 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada. Native Americans had the largest enrollment growth, at 24.8 percent, followed by a 9 percent increase for Hispanics; 2.9 percent for African-Americans; and 2.4 percent for Asians. The growth is in part due to a push by schools to attract more underrepresented minorities — African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, and mainland Puerto Ricans — to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.

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December 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

From storm-tossed Ala. clinic to top doctor post

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by Desiree Hunter, Associated Press

reginabenjaminBattered and flooded by Hurricane Katrina, this coastal Alabama fishing village was in wreckage four years ago when Dr. Regina Benjamin began assessing her patients’ needs. Trouble was, her little health clinic had been flooded and they couldn’t come to see her.

So she went to them.

She could be seen “going door-to-door in all that mud and sewer, just a mess from her head to her toes with boots on,” Stan Wright, one of her patients, said Monday, hours after Benjamin was nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. surgeon general.

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July 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Tony Rankin talks culture gap in medicine

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1medicine.jpgTony Rankin is the first black president-elect of the Orthopaedic academy.

About six years ago, the academy gathered information for a culturally competent care guidebook and accompanying DVD for doctors with chapters on African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, women and religions including Islam.

The academy compiled interviews with patients of different races and cultural backgrounds with doctors familiar with diverse patients and a plethora of research. For example, the guidebook encourages doctors with Native American patients to “ask if patients may seek a healer or medicine man.” It also recommends that doctors with Latino patients break the ice by asking them their country of origin.


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February 15, 2008 at 7:42 am

Banquet to honor Black doctors

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The Black History banquet, held Feb. 10 and hosted by the Mount Olive Cemetery Historical Preservation Society, will honor the black doctors of Clarksville’s past and present, as well as the U.S. Colored Troops.

“I don’t feel like they (children) see enough of our past in a positive light,” said Mount Olive president Geneva Bell.

“They see slavery and bondage like it’s a stigma on us.

“Even though they were slaves, they survived.

“They were strong people. We are a strong people and they need the feeling that we overcame.”

 Read more at The Leaf Chronicle

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January 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm

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Twin surgeons serve in war as army reservists

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“We know our first obligation is to God and country, and we’re going to meet that obligation,” says Vance Moss, a surgeon urologist from Howell.

“But we’re also doctors, and we know the terrible needs in a place like that, so we’re hoping to do what we can for the children of Iraq,” says Vince Moss, Vance’s identical twin and a cardiothoracic surgeon.

The brothers, just starting out on their own with a private practice, are giving it up to go on their third tour in a war zone. Their first two, in 2006 and 2007, were in Afghanistan, where they patched together men and women and many children shot and bombed and burned and ravaged by disease.

Vince and Vance Moss, 36, left behind a clinic in Afghanistan they still support financially and thought they might someday go back to, continuing their work with humanitarian organizations to repair the hurt. Once they were established in New Jersey.

“But we got our orders and it’s time for us to serve again,” says Vince.

The twins, both Army majors in the active reserves, leave for Iraq Jan. 26, turning over their practice temporarily to colleagues who will care for the patients from their office, the Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Group.

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January 17, 2008 at 2:22 am

Blacks focus of new medicine and research

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According to a new report by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, 691 new medicines are being developed to treat major diseases affecting blacks.

Research like this has been a long time coming and its emergence is due to several factors including market demand, the understanding of unique patient response to the same medications, and a realization that genetic differences between ethnic groups demand research that addresses these differences,” says Dr. Ian Smith.

Smith is the medical and diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club and creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge.

Among the medicines in development are 229 drugs for the treatment of cancers that disproportionately affect African Americans; 114 medicines for the treatment of cardiovascular disease (African Americans have the highest prevalence of high blood pressure in the world, according to the American Heart Association); 95 drugs to treat diabetes; 77 medicines to treat respiratory disorders (according to the American Lung Association, blacks have the highest asthma rate of any other ethnic group and are three times more likely to die from asthma than whites); and 67 medicines for the treatment of HIV (African Americans accounted for 49% of HIV cases diagnosed in 2005, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

Read more at Black Enterprise

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January 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm