005 – Miles to go before they sleep – Drs. Matthews & Landry level the playing field one bus stop at a time
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005 – Miles to go before they sleep – Drs. Matthews & Landry level the playing field one bus stop at a time
Jun 09, 2016 Episode 5
Dr. Nii Darko

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Docs, I hope you’ve got your bus passes ready for this next episode! We’re taking a ride with the co-founders of Tour for Diversity in Medicine – Drs. Kameron Matthews and Alden Landry. As we all know, there’s a physician shortage in the United States and it’s only going to get worse. The physician shortage disproportionately affects those from minority communities, specifically African – Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics. National initiatives from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the US government exist to help decrease this shortage, but what about bottom-up grass roots efforts to tackle this problem? Well, that’s exactly what the Tour for Diversity is doing – putting physicians, medical students, and pre-med advisors on a bus and driving hundreds of miles to target students from under-represented backgrounds and teach the basics of the medical school admissions process.

Follow and support this amazing organization at www.tour4diversity.org

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What sparked the idea for the Tour for Diversity in Medicine
  • How they balance clinical medicine and running this organization
  • About the success of the tour – but also the trials and tribulations from the first ever tour
  • How balancing friendship and business has helped create a family-like atmosphere on the bus
  • What advice they have for others who have similar ideas but suffer from “a failure to launch”
  • How they each answer #imnotjustadoc

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