Black Men in White Coats Screening
Free Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Film Screening May22-26
Panel Discussion May 26, 6-7:30 p.m. PST
Fewer black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978. Only two percent of American doctors are Black men, and black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. Why is it easier to visualize a Black man in an orange jumpsuit than it is in a white coat? What if we had a medical workforce that reflected our patient population? This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences to society at large. It’s time to end this crisis and get more Black men in white coats!
How to Participate
Watch the movie May 22-26
Register individually to receive a free link to the film
The screening is available to the Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College communities only.
Attend the Panel Discussion May 26, 6-7:30 p.m. PST
Join Dr. Joye Carter, forensic pathologist for San Luis Obispo County and the first African American to be appointed as a chief medical examiner; Cal Poly alumnus and medical student Anthony Kilgore; and Dr. Joel Lopes, chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, for a discussion of the systemic barriers they faced in medicine and how to make the field more equitable moving forward.
Meet the Panelists
Dr. Joye Carter, first African American to be appointed as a chief medical examiner and forensic pathologist for San Luis Obispo County
Anthony Kilgore, Cal Poly biological sciences alumnus and medical student at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Joel Lopes, Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, and Staff Intensivist at Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, Georgia