Mentoring Key To Getting Black Men Through Medical School

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, right, President of Morehouse School of Medicine, talks about the decline of African-American males in medicine, while Dr. Benjamin Renelus, a third year internal-medicine resident listens.

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The number of African-American men graduating from college over the past three decades has steadily increased. But, despite those overall numbers, medical school applications and enrollments by black men has steadily declined since the mid-1970s.

The Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, attributes the decrease to a range of factors.

Morehouse School of Medicine President Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and third year internal medicine resident Dr. Benjamin Renelus discussed those factors and more on “Closer Look.”