Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, presents "Women's Health at the Intersection: Race, Social Position and Class," during the inaugural Ruth Rothstein Memorial Lecture, held Aug. 27, 2014, at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
The first African-American woman to lead a freestanding medical school, Rice calls for a focusing of resources on interventions to remedy health disparities. In citing higher mortality rates among black and Hispanic women diagnosed with breast cancer, she points to a higher breast density and markers for susceptibility in many women of color and a consequent greater need for early detection and digital mammograms, as well as a reckoning with the “unintended” unequal application of life-saving treatments for black and Hispanic patients. Rice draws a connection between race, ethnicity, level of education and survival rates. She also advocates for fairer access to health care, ethnic diversity training for primary care physicians, and improved diversity in both administration and enrollment among medical and health science universities. Rice outlines the steep decline, since 1984, in black male medical school applicants, citing inequities in public health, criminal justice and education. She urges more mentoring, scholarship, and pipeline programs in inner city high schools. She points to a recruitment policy at MSM that emphasizes an “academically holistic” population of diverse students.
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