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Altering the course:  black males in medicine
Association of American Medical Colleges
Call Number:  Available Electronically; Publication Date:  2015
Report provides the perspectives of black pre-medical students, physicians, researchers, and leaders such as Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Interviews with these 11 individuals identify several major themes, including unequal K–12 educational opportunities, the absence of mentors or role models in medicine, public perceptions of black men, career attractiveness, and lack of financial resources. - - from

Changing the Culture of Academic Medicine: Perspectives of Women Faculty
Linda H. Pololi
Call Number:  R 692 .P65 2010; Publication Date:  2010
Based on extensive interviews, the author illuminates medical school culture and shows a sharp disconnect between the values of individual faculty members and the values of academic institutions of medicine. Pololi looks closely at women medical faculty’s experiences as outsiders in medicine, opening a window into medical culture. She argues that placing more women and people of color in leadership positions would provide transformative and more effective leadership to improve health care and would help address current inequities in the health care provided to different racial and cultural groups. - - from

Black man in a white coat:  a doctor's reflections on race and medicine
Damon Tweedy, M.D.
Call Number:  R154 .T84 A3 2015; Publication Date:  2015
One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans - - from

The Experiences of Native American Women Physician Faculty in U.S. Medical Schools: Culture, Diversity, and Retention
Anna Wirta Kosobuski
Call Number:  Available Electronically; Publication Date:  2013
A study exploring the experiences of Native American women physician faculty along with associated factors in medical education and school cultures to gain fuller understanding of their lack of representation.  Despite their ability to contribute, retaining diverse faculty members has been historically problematic largely due to multiple barriers in the cultures of medical schools. This study used existing data from interviews with five successful Native American women physician academicians along with publications regarding academic medicine found primarily over the past five years. Perhaps the most salient finding was the embodiment of Native American culture and community connection in all areas of the lives of the women interviewed. Better understanding of the experiences and issues encountered by Native American women physicians in medical schools will help increase their numbers and alleviate underrepresentation. - - from Libraries Digital Conservatory (

Women in Medical Education: An Anthology of Experience. Delese Wear, Frances K Conley. New York: State University of New York Press, 1996.
A collection of 16 personal narratives exploring medicine, humanities, and feminism, and the struggle of women to make their place among the male-oriented and controlled medical profession. These essays reflect the issues confronting women in medicine, including working in situations where power relations are embedded and enacted daily in the ethos of the institution, where rigid disciplinary boundaries do not include or invite inquiry into gender, race, ethnicity, or class, and where integrating personal and work life often seems overwhelming. Furthermore, though women can be both medical educators and feminists, there are sometimes “contradictions” between the two. The anthology presents lots of different strategies and ideas for coping with this.(Shapiro Undergraduate and Taubman Health Sciences: R 692 .W6561 1996)

Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine. Ellen S. More, Elizabeth Fee, and Manon Parry. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
This volume examines the wide-ranging careers and diverse lives of American women physicians, shedding light on their struggles for equality, professional accomplishment, and personal happiness over the past 150 years. Illuminating the ethnic, political, and personal diversity of women physicians, the book reveals them as dedicated professionals who grapple with obstacles and embrace challenges, even as they negotiate with their own health, sexuality, and body images, the needs of their patients, and the rise of the women's health movement. (Shapiro Undergraduate: R 692 .W677 2009)

Taking My Place in Medicine: A Guide for Minority Medical Students, Vol. 8. Carmen Webb. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000.
This book is designed to help minority students thrive personally and academically in medical school, to make a realistic assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, to successfully confront societal myths and stereotypes and to develop healthy strategies to meet academic, personal, and relationship needs. Dr. Carmen Webb, having assisted countless medical students with these very issues, has assembled an outstanding cadre of insightful professionals to address these important needs, each highly qualified and devoted to promoting medical student well-being. (Taubman Health Sciences: R 693 .T351 2000)

Joycelyn Elders, M.D. : From Sharecropper's Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States of America. M. Joycelyn Elders. New York, NY: Morrow, 1996.
A great deal of controversy has surrounded both the tenure and resignation of former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders. Now, for the first time, Dr. Elders shares both the travails and triumphs of her life in an autobiography which is not only a political memoir chock full of insider information, but also a chronicle of the triumphant rise of a great-granddaughter of slaves and impoverished child of sharecroppers to the highest medical position in the Unites States. (Shapiro Undergraduate and Hatcher Graduate: R 154 .E48 A32 1996)

This Side of Doctoring: Reflections From Women in Medicine. Eliza Lo Chin, New York, NY: Sage Publications, 2002.
Any woman contemplating a career as a physician or already working in the profession will gain a good deal of insight from this collection of personal essays and poems by female physicians over the last century and a half. Organized into categories such as "Internship and Residency," "Mothering and Doctoring," and "Barriers," the anthology presents feminine and feminist perspectives on all aspects of a medical career. Moreover, it addresses the challenges women face at each stage of the process of becoming a physician, and takes you all the way through the history of women in medicine, including both historical and contemporary sources (e.g. Elizabeth Blackwell). (Taubman Health Sciences: R 692 .T451 2002)