Jacobi/Montefiore ED Resident of the Block
A little something to talk about during signout.
You may know that Italo Brown is generally awesome, but do you know the specifics?
When Italo is away from the ED, He works as a mentor with Tour For Diversity in Medicine. They are a group of young health professionals (MDs, DOs, DDSs) who work at the grassroots level to educate, inspire, and cultivate future professionals from underrepresented communities. This carries on his work from Meharry as a leader in this field. Just google him. He’s apparently been awesome for some time, check out awards from American Public Health Association (APHA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Oh, did you know he was featured author on KevinMD.com? Awesome.
Anyway, back to Tour for Diversity, his most recent awesomeness. He and his colleagues travel to share experiences and offer strategies to help students navigate the various pathways from college to professional school. In February, they embarked on our 9th Tour, a 5-day multi-stop road-trip visiting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and community college campuses in Oklahoma City (OK), Pine Bluff (AK), and New Orleans (LA). Each day, hundreds of hopeful pre-professional undergraduate, non-traditional, and high school students turned out for workshops/exercises that focused on strengthening applicants (i.e. resume/cv building, personal statement writing, test-taking strategies, interview skills, hands-on clinical skills).
No doubt, Italo successfully met his goal to increase the number of underrepresented minorities entering medical and dental programs. Italo has successfully climbed the ladder and he is pulling others up behind him to ultimately improve diversity within the healthcare workforce.
There’s undoubtedly more to come from this past, present, and future rockstar. He’s helping increase the awesome quotient of his community community of students from HBCU, the healthcare community, and the Jacobi/Montefiore community.
Italo Brown, MD PGY1 @gr8vision is the Resident of the Block.
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