‘My First Black Doctor’: A History of Racial Health Care in the United States
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A doctor in the mid-1980s who became the first African-American to practice medicine in the U.S. was born and raised in New York City, the country’s first black state.
Now, a few years after he was sworn in as the first black member of the U, Dr. James E. Ochsner, is on a mission to inspire and guide young black doctors across the country.
The new program, “My First Blacks,” will be a platform for Dr. Ochesner to help inspire young African-Americans in the classroom, and to help them get the basics of race-based health care right, a focus that has long been overlooked by many of his peers.
He spoke to NPR’s Audie Cornish and The Associated Press in an exclusive interview.
Hear more stories from Dr. E.O.O.’s career and life story.
“I don’t think people understand what it’s like to be a black doctor,” Dr. Oschner said.
“And I think it’s a very complex issue.
There’s a lot of ignorance about it, but we’ve been trained from a very early age, and there’s a lack of knowledge about it.
I think we have a lot to learn.”
Dr. Nasser Ahmed, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center who also was born in the New York city area, said that the first person he encountered as a patient was a black man who had a stroke.
The man who was able to help him was a physician, and he gave him his first lesson in health care.
“So I went from a black guy, a poor kid, to a doctor,” said Dr. Ahmed, who was also named for his mother’s maiden name, Nasser.
“But there are some things you can’t do, and you have a responsibility to those people, and it’s very important for us to understand that. “
“We have a duty as doctors to give care to people and be honest about what we’re doing, and if there are people that are not comfortable in that, we can’t say it’s because they’re black or it’s not because they are black, because it’s something that’s a part of their biology. “
“If we don’t have a strong understanding of that, then we have an obligation to be honest, and I think that’s the most important thing.” “
Dr Ochson graduated from the University of Rochester Medical School in 1987 and earned a fellowship in medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York in 1989. “
If we don’t have a strong understanding of that, then we have an obligation to be honest, and I think that’s the most important thing.”
Dr Ochson graduated from the University of Rochester Medical School in 1987 and earned a fellowship in medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York in 1989.
“Dr. Oochsner was the first doctor in his state to practice in New Jersey, and New York was a very diverse state, and the fact that he was black, it was a great opportunity to be an African- American doctor,” he said.
Dr. Jameelah Johnson, the founder of the National Coalition for Black Women, said she was thrilled to learn of the initiative.
“It’s really exciting to see a doctor from the Bronx and the Bronx is the only borough where you have an African American doctor.
It’s a huge step forward for Dr Ochesson and his vision of a better future for our country,” she said.
The plan will help young black physicians “build trust and respect” and create a “cultural shift” in the way health care is delivered, said Dr Johnson.
Dr Ocher, who received his medical degree from NYU Langones, and who has been teaching at the school since 1993, said he’s seen firsthand the value of diversity in healthcare, and has always believed in making a difference.
He has been a pioneer in the field of race and racial health care, as a practicing physician in the Bronx, New York, and at New York University.
The program will help black doctors, he said, “have a seat at the table of power.
“People of all backgrounds, of all ages and different backgrounds, I think the more that we all can contribute to the advancement of racial health, the better.””
This is something that I want to be able to do, so that people of all races can be proud of what we do, that we are being held accountable for, and that we’re helping people,” Dr Oechsner said of the program.
“People of all backgrounds, of all ages and different backgrounds, I think the more that we all can contribute to the advancement of racial health, the better.”
A doctor in the mid-1980s who became the first African-American to practice medicine in the U.S. was born and raised…