DDS males 2016

Males in Medicine

In 2015, an AAMC report showed a decline of black males in medicine. We are electing to change this trend! SOURCE: https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/september2015/442208/black-males.html

2016 DDS White Coat

2016 White Coat Ceremony

Surrounding these future doctors, you see some of Memphis’ finest healthcare professionals. Why? Because it takes a village. We’ve made it. Now, it is our RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that they make it too. We serve as the village.

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Symposium Participants

Take a close look at this photo. You will find some of your future medical professionals standing there! Congrats on your selection, participants!!!

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The Annual D.D.S. Symposium

The primary purpose of this symposium is to equip students about information on various pre-health programs/internships and professional school curricula.

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Win a Scholarship!

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded based on information provided on the applications. The advisory board will make a selection, and the winners will be announced at the event. The awards are provided in honor of the late Dr. Wisdom Franchot Coleman, Jr.

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DDS Partners

Special Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors!

  • Are you Determined to be a Doctor?

    The year-long program’s objective is to stimulate and encourage minority and under-represented individuals’ interests in professional healthcare programs by exposing qualified participants to the different doctorate degrees available.

    Students selected for the program will represent minority (non-Caucasian or female), rural, economically disadvantaged, and/or first-generation students.

    The DDS Symposium

    A highly competitive symposium for under-privileged minority and/or economically-disadvantaged high school students (ages 14-18) who express an interest in pursuing a career as a healthcare professional.

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  • The Purpose of DDS

    Is there a need for a program that would provide mentorship and resources for students who wish to obtain doctorate degrees in healthcare? Currently, professional schools across the nation are reporting low minority enrollment numbers in their programs, and these shortages are not specific to one particular discipline.

    It is known that minority professionals typically treat minority populations. With a reduction in the number of graduates from these professional schools and an increase in the number of minorities in the general population, the barrier to obtaining healthcare will continue to enlarge if this trend continues, leading millions without access to care. So, the answer to the aforementioned question is, “Absolutely, Yes!”

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