2022: Martin Luther King Jr., Day

A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

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DAVID EDWARD MARCINKO

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TUSKEGEE: RIP Charles McGee : https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/pioneering-tuskegee-airman-charles-mcgee-dies-at-102/ar-AASQddl?li=BBnb7Kz

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HBCUs and the Production of Doctors

By Marybeth Gasman, Tiffany Smith,Carmen Ye, and Thai-Huy Nguyen

Abstract

An important issue facing the world of medicine and health care is the field’s lack of diversity, especially regarding African American doctors. African Americans made up 6% of all physicians in the U.S. in 2008, 6.9% of enrolled medical students in 2013 and 7.3% of all medical school applicants.

The existing literature on the lack of diversity within the medical field emphasizes the role that inclusion would play in closing the health disparities among racial groups and the benefits acquired by African Americans through better patient-doctor interactions and further respect for cultural sensitivity. A large portion of current research regarding Black medical students and education focuses on why minority students do not go into medical school or complete their intended pre-med degrees.

Common notions and conclusions are that many institutions do not properly prepare and support students, who despite drive and desire, may lack adequate high school preparation and may go through additional stress unlike their other peers. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions that were designed to support African American students by providing an educational learning environment that caters to their unique challenges and cultural understandings. Given that HBCUs have had much success in preparing minority students for STEM fields, and for medical school success more specifically, this article looks at the history of such universities in the context of medical education, their effective practices, the challenges faced by African Americans pursing medical education, and what they can do in the future to produce more Black doctors.

We also highlight the work of Xavier University and Prairie View A&M University, institutions that regularly rank among the top two and top ten producers, respectively, of future African American doctors among colleges and universities.

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READ: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6111265/

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My Fond Farewell to Tuskegee University

“Testing – Testing: 1, 2 3 and 4”

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

Here I am at the podium for a microphone sound check at the beautiful and iconic Tuskegee University Chapel. Guest speakers have ranged from U.S. Presidents, foreign heads of the state, and other persons of note such as Mary McLeod Bethune and Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Purpose?

Link: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2019/04/12/my-visit-to-tuskegee-university-in-alabama/

Currently, the Chapel serves as the home of the famed Tuskegee University “Golden Voices” Concert Choir. Read more about the History of the Chapel, right here.

Link: https://www.tuskegee.edu/about-us/chapel

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As I toured the historic TU wooden chapel with my host and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Channa Prakash, I could not help but notice it seemed like a larger version of the famed copper-wooden chapel in Rovaniemi Finland. I mentioned it to the Dean who surprisingly informed me that he too visited and spoke at that same site in Northern Finland, near Lapland, a few years ago. Rovaniemi is Lapland’s capital city, an energetic jewel of the North which lays claim to being the home of Father Christmas.

A “small world” co-incidence!

Link: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/01/08/suvela-chapel-oopeaa-espoo-finland-copper/

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The College of Arts & Sciences Seminar

For the last two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to speak at small informal seminars with a few attendees – to larger more formal international presentations to an audience of thousands. But, success in my mind relates to the engagement, reception and feedback of the audience; not mere size. This was the case at the C&S and affiliated Tuskegee University National Center for Bio-Ethics in Research and Health Care.

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Using this metric, I learned that our niche seminar was indeed a success with dozens of esteemed faculty members, administrators and over a hundred university student – scientists collaborating and challenging me with state-of-the-art comments, insights and experiences that combined the theoretical and applied applications of our subject matter expertise …. followed by a spirited Q-A session. And, for which I am  grateful.

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So, after a post reception gala social event; whole campus, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver Museum, and biological laboratory tour, it was time for me to “Drop the Mike” on Tuskegee University.

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Assessment

I then waved good-bye and bid my hosts and new friends a fond farewell – until the next time. Thank you TU.

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My Upcoming Trip to Tuskegee University in Alabama

VISITING WORLD FAMOUS TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY

Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

Just a quick announcement that I will be at Tuskegee University on Friday April 12th to keynote a niche seminar on biological sciences, medical education and contemporary healthcare career trends.

Link: https://www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/colleges-schools/cas/office-of-the-dean-cas

The gracious invitation was extended by College of Arts & Sciences Dean Channa Prakash PhD and Assistant Dean Dr. Joe Jimmeh; with renowned faculty and basic science researchers Dr. Marcia Martinez, Dr. Richard Whittington, Dr. Albert Russell, Dr. Clayton Yates; and Professor of Mathematics Dr. Mohammad Qazi to attend. 

Link: https://www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/colleges-schools/cas/cas-faculty-and-staff

I am especially eager to tour the historic TU campus, and meet two-time graduate Dr. Roberta Troy who is Founding Director of the Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE). As a native of Baltimore, Maryland, this is an important issue to me. And, Dr. Troy was just appointed new University Provost. I understand she is a true academic dynamo and congratulate her, collegially.

Of course, I will be sure to order a slice of Dorothy Restaurant’s specialty key-lime pie at the Kellogg Conference Center during the post-reception dinner. Yummy!

HOPE TO SEE YOU, THERE!

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