Coalition of Black Men Physicians Celebrates Advancement of Executive Board Member into Medical School
CDU, a private, non-profit, health sciences institution located in the heart of South Los Angeles, connective tissue with the Coalition of Black Men Physicians (CBMP) is a shared mission and purpose to cultivate health professional leaders committed to social justice and health equity for underserved populations. Both organizations have worked tirelessly to address the pressing need to increase diversity within the healthcare workforce. "Our partnership with CBMP is important to our efforts to diversify the workforce and train physicians from this community to serve this community," stated Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, founding Dean of CDU’s MD program and Dean of the CDU's College of Medicine. "We celebrate the CDU inaugural Class of 2027, and we are proud of Class member Darrin Ward, who exemplifies the CDU mission." According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 2.9% of medical school enrollment included Black males in the 2019-2020 academic year. The dearth of black male healthcare providers in healthcare underscores the urgency of organizations like CBMP and institutions like CDU to promote equity and inclusivity. Darrin Ward, Secretary on the Executive Board of CBMP, exemplifies the commitment to these shared goals. His journey to medical school has been marked by resilience and dedication, overcoming unprecedented challenges, including the loss of both his parents during his preparation and acceptance into medical school. As a member of the Class of 2027, Darrin represents the unwavering determination, adaptability, and compassion that are essential qualities in the healthcare field. "We are immensely proud of Darrin and the CDU Class of 2027 and their commitment to becoming compassionate and skilled healthcare professionals." said Lauren Senkbeil, President of CBMP. After completing his Masters program in Biomedical Sciences, Darrin joined CBMP as an intern, assisting in creating opportunities for black male physicians to network and build community, Darrin established himself as a leader and showcased his dedication towards supporting other black males wishing to enter the medical education pipeline. The Coalition of Black Men Physicians provides a platform for partnership amongst Black males who are in pursuit of higher education by increasing recruitment into and retention in medicine. The White Coat Ceremony is a time for reflection, celebration, and the reaffirmation of our mission to provide healthcare excellence to underserved communities.