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Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler: The first Black woman M.D. in the US

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Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler: The first Black woman M.D. in the US

By Written by Maria Cohut, Ph.D. via

Many Black women have contributed to the development of the medical sciences throughout history, though often, their names have remained little known. In this Special Feature, we celebrate the life and achievements of one of these Black pioneers: Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler.

Writing in a BMJ Opinion piece, Dr. Nycole K. Joseph, a neurologist-in-training, describes her experience of racism as a Black physician practicing in the United States.

“My Blackness entered the room first, and my other attributes followed,” she writes.

“Although a career in healthcare is rewarding, it poses particular engrained challenges for people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Black professionals often cite experiencing isolation, lack of representation within departments and in leadership positions, as well as inadequate…

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