The effort would eventually turn into Black Men in White Coats, an initiative with the goal to increase the number of Black men entering the medical profession through mentoring, exposure and inspiration in the form of short documentary series.
Now with a Black Men in White Coats Summit scheduled this month, Okorodudu is continuing the work to increase aspiring Black male clinicians' confidence and investing in their future success.
The Black Men in White Coats website features an array of video and podcast episodes sharing the insights and advice of Black males in healthcare careers.
Noting younger people's tendency to communicate more frequently through social media, Okorodudu and his team make it a priority to distribute the Black Men in White Coats videos and other inspirational stories on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The impact of Black Men in White Coats trickles down to high school students, exposing them early on to the possibilities of a career in medicine.
Although he has not been paired with a Black Men in White Coats mentor yet, he will have the opportunity to do so when he arrives on campus at Harding University in the fall on a full scholarship.
Black Men in White Coats not only inspires Dunn, the initiative is inspiring to other students at his school as well because it gives them--even those who initially did not know much about medical careers--an opportunity to learn about and go into the field, he said.
will be hosting theBlack Men In White Coats Youth SummitinDallas, TexasonFebruary 16, 2019.
With dedicated time for parents, the Black Men In White Coats Summit will equip moms, dads, and caregivers with the resources necessary to usher their children to success.
Registration is now open for theBlack Men In White Coats Youth Summit.