with our Amazing Chicago Area SNMA's

Our Community of Mentees, Physicians, Medical Student Mentors and Concerned Community Members are All Invited!

"Moving from Information to Transformation"

 Mon., February 15 2021 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST  Zoom Panel Discussion


Let's Get To Work!

Break Out Sessions Lead by Dr. Carl Lambert


Moving From

Information to Transformation


We appreciate Dr. Carl Lambert helping us to plan our exciting Black Men In White Coats Panel discussion on February 15th at 6pm.  Join Dr. Carl Lambert as he guides us through the evening's breakout sessions and introduces the topics to each group.  In our small groups we will tackle topics centered around everything from resilience to how local college or medical schools can create an environment that supports black students, particularly our black young men and promotes their success in medicine and beyond. Our small group breakout sessions, will be lead by our panelists.  Within the small groups, our goal is to be solution focused so we may walk away with action items that we can tackle as a community.  It's about moving from "information to transformation." 


"As the Covid-19 Pandemic rages on, there are many decisions that lay in front of us with full acknowledgement that healthcare disparities will still exist even once the pandemic is over.  How our healthcare system actionably supports its minority physicians and increases this workforce will have an everlasting impact on how we rebound to provide the quality care our already-hurting communities desperately need.  Having more Black men in medicine will absolutely be crucial for our students and patients."

Carl Earl Lambert, Jr. MD, FAAFP

Asst. Proessor, Dept. of Family Medicine

Director, Family Medicine Leadership Program

Family Medicine Teacher of the Year

Rush Medical College

 The Reason For The Occasion

So why are we having this event?  I Am Abel Foundation and our local Chicago area chapters of SNMA are screening the documentary BLACK MEN IN WHITE COATS and following it up with a special live discussion on February 15th at 6pm  so that we may discuss as a community, the challenges we face with regards to equity in healthcare and how the relative shortage of black people in medicine leads to the catastrophic healthcare disparities and outcomes we witness daily.  Blacks make up 13% of the population and 5% of practicing physicians.  Moreover, fewer black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being black men, this comes as no surprise. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men and women from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.



  • While I wish that we could view the movie together, the filmaker has designed the screening for everyone to watch the movie on their own over a 3 day period.  You may watch the documentary on your own any time between 2/12 and 2/15 (see below for instructions)
  • After we have all watched the movie on our own, we will join together on Monday, February 15th at 6pm via zoom link (See below for instructions).  Meet our panelists and join in a lively discussion about the documentary.  Let's together tackle difficult questions, identify barriers and discuss how we as a group can effect change as we address the disappearance of black men from medicine.
  • How do I get started?  Register at the BLUE Link Below
  • After you register, Check your confirmation email for more details
  • Your confirmation email will contain a link from Indie film maker that says "GET MY CODE"   Enter your email address in the "Get My Code" link.  Please ONLY enter YOUR OWN email address.  We need each attendee to register individually.  The Indie Film Makers will send the link for you to view the movie. 
  • Also in the confirmation email will be the zoom link to our special Black Men in White Coats Discussion Event on Monday, February 15th at 6pm
  • Join us for a lively panel discussion with Chicago's amazing Black Men in White Coats 
  • Breakout into small groups for a deeper dive
  • Lets be the change that we want to see!

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Meet Our Event Planners and Moderators

Join Dr. LaMenta Sweetie Conway, MD, MPH (left), Founder and Director of I Am Abel Foundation and Marissa Pharel, M1, (right) Rush Medical College and Local Chicago Area Chapters of SNMA as we screen the documentary Black Men In White Coats! As sisters in this fight for healthcare equity, just know that we've got your backs. When Black Men Win - Black Communities Win!



Lead by Chicago's Own Black Men In White Coats


Ronald Rembert, MD, Jr., (top left) Director and Clinical Liasion and Physician Advisor with R1 Managing a team of physicians around the world.  "We need more Black Men in White Coats because the percentage of Black Men matriculatig into medical school has actually decreased in 40 years."         Michael McGee, MD, MPH, FACEP, (top right)  Emergency Physician and Partner, Vituity - Methodist, CEO and President, Hyde Park Premier Urgent Care and CHair, 100 Black Men of America Violence Prevention Action Committee, Chair, ACEP Diversity and Inclusion Section, Firearm Violence and Injury Prevention Committee   "They Can't Be, What They Can't See!"     Dullah Pratt, MD(bottom left) Asst. Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago, Founder, MedCEEPs, Medical Careers Exposure and Emergency Preparedness Program.  "We need Black Men in White Coats" because we need black men in the world.  Having more black physicians is the proven solution to the disproportionate rates of death seen in Black communities ."   Arthur Pope, MD, PhD, (bottom right) Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago (bottom right)


Garth Walker, MD, (top left)Deputy Director, IDPH, Assistant Professor, Northwestern Medicine, Emergency Dept. Physician, Jesse Brown VA.  "The Shortage of Black Men in Medicine is a public health crisis.  In order to meet the pressing realities of inequity, we will have to be intentional about recruiting, retaining and uplifting black men in medicine." Christopher Hicks, MD, (top right) Clinical Associate of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Chicago, Primary Care Sports Medicine, WNBA Chicago Sky Team Physician.  "We need more Black Men in White Coats" so my father and fathers like mine are able to better trust and open up to their physicians thereby improving care in the black community."    Edwin Mandieka, MD, RN, (bottom left), Northwestern University, 3rd Year Internal Medicine Resident and Rising 1st year Cardiology Fellow, Harvard. "The unending underrepresentation of black men in higher education is not accidental. Embracing diversity, equity and inclusion makes ALL of us better."     Malcolm Moses-Hapton, MD, (bottom right), Rush University Medical School, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3rd Year Resident and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Chair,  Rush University.  "We need more Black Men in medicine to further illuminate and counteract the disparity of health inequity that black men and their families face."


Proudly Representing Our Future


Hope Iyiewuare, M4, (top left),  Rush Medical College. "We need more black men in medicine because it is one step of many towards improving healthcare equity."     Eseosa Aiweriogheme, M3, (top right) Loyola Stritch Medical School.  "There is a plethora of reasons why we need more black men in medicine but one which we can all relate to in these COVID times is the mistrust of the health systems by black and marginalized communities.  Black men and women in medicine are needed to help bridge the gap and build trust while eduating our communities."     Caylon Pettis, M2, (bottom left), Loyola Stritch Medical School.   "The stats clearly show that black babies and black mothers have significantly better survival with black doctors providing their care.  The evidence is clear.  We need black doctors to save black lives."     Dante Robinson, M4, (bottom right), UIC College of Medicine.  "Seeing black men in white coats not only shows us how far we have come but also gives us hope that soon black patients will no longer have to be skeptical of whether or not doctors have their best interest in mind."