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This report aims to understand the reasons for the decline in black male applicants and enrollees in medical school since 1978. It draws from interviews with black pre-medical students, physicians, researchers, and leaders, as well as research and data regarding black male education and involvement in STEM fields. The major themes identified from these sources include unequal K-12 educational opportunities, the absence of mentors or role models in medicine, public perceptions of black men, career attractiveness, and lack of financial resources.
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