Black Women in Medicine

About This Episode


Currently, only 4.5 percent of all doctors in the United States are African American and 2 percent of all physicians are Black women. This sobering statistic has real-life implications for the health of our country.

Through the diverse voices of young medical students, practicing physicians, and elder trailblazers, Black Women in Medicine explores the history, contemporary issues, and future possibilities of African American women physicians. The film, which features rarely seen documentation of Black women practicing medicine as well as in depth original interviews and compelling archival images, chronicles the unsung journeys of Black female doctors who have risen above inequality, both race and gender, to excellence to become leaders in their fields.

Black Women in Medicine also replaces negative imagery - the mainstream media’s false and debasing historical narrative regarding race, ethnicity, gender and character - with positive images of successful Black female doctors.