Diversity is essential to combat healthcare disparities, but a recent report shows that the number of underrepresented minorities graduating from U.S. medical schools is still disproportionately low.
White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) was formed by medical students in 2014 with the vision of safeguarding the well-being of patients and eliminating racial bias in healthcare. The organization’s membership aims to foster dialogue on racism as a public health concern, end racial discrimination in medical care and prepare future physicians to be advocates for racial justice. In addition to promoting diversity and inclusion, WC4BL believes academic medical centers must commit to policies and practices that intentionally promote racial justice. The organization espouses the belief that it is essential medical students feel free to share their views and be justice advocates.