Dominate Premed Show: HBCUs and Historically Black Med Schools

premed Feb 15, 2020

If you’re a Black student, you’re probably wondering whether it’s worth it to attend an HBCU or historically Black medical school.

Watch my video now to find out my opinion and discover if attending an HBCU will really impact your future medical career.

  • “Both sides of the HCBU debate have merit.”
  • There are tons of opinions on historically black colleges and universities, also called HBCUs. Does It really impact your medical career if you do or don’t attend one?
  • Personally, I do not believe you should attend an HBCU. The main reason for that is because the people in charge will likely not get to know you on a personal level as they should. They won’t be as familiar with you and your circle.
  • “I wholeheartedly support the Black community, but at the same time, we must recognize that familiarity matters.”
  • I am all for Black Power and black rights! I just do not believe that attending an HBCU will give you an extra edge when applying to medical school.
  • There have even been cases where some programs don’t interview graduates of HBCUs because they say they’ve never had anyone from an HBCU interview. This is totally discriminatory, but it HAPPENS.
  • By attending an HBCU, you are selecting separation. You’re depriving yourself of getting into bigger circles where you’ll be known and where you can be vouched for. You’re also perpetuating a cycle of White professionals not being familiar with Blacks.
  • We must change the narrative and start making White professionals become familiar with and used to Black professionals in the medical field.
  • There has long been an unfavorable bias against Black people in the medical community. The only way we change that is by favorably biasing others and make them see us in a positive light. Push forward to pave the way for future Black medical students!
  • If you’re going to be a doctor, it’s likely that you’ll be the only Black doctor. By going to an HBCU, you’re getting used to surrounding yourself with Black people and you’ll be uncomfortable once you get into an entirely White hospital.
  • If you want to know how to get into med school, you’ve got to move past the biases and the obstacles and step up to the challenges. Choosing NOT to go to an HBCU automatically pushes you to set yourself apart and do everything you can to succeed.

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