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Join us for a sneak preview of the new documentary by Crystal Emery, New School Media Studies Alumni


Wednesday, March 31, 2016

6pm – book signing and reception

7pm – film screening followed by Q&A

The New School, Theresa Lang Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York City

 Come Join the National Conversation About

“Changing the Face of Medicine”

New York, NY (March 14, 2016) – Award-winning documentary director, producer and author Crystal R. Emery is launching a national initiative entitled “Changing the Face of Medicine.”  Its inaugural New York City event will feature a book signing of her biographical photo essay entitled “Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine,” and a sneak preview screening of her latest documentary film, Black Women in Medicine, at The New School. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Crystal Emery, Dr. Aletha Maybank, and Dr. Doris Chang, hosted and moderated by New School faculty member, Michelle Materre.

 The Changing the Face of Medicine Initiative originated from a clear premise to educate and inspire generations of future doctors and healthcare professionals of color while providing motivation and role models needed to navigate the rigors of medical education. Despite decades of advances, the number of Black physicians has remained at levels that are shockingly low. Changing the Face of Medicine, with an initial focus on women doctors, aims to ultimately increase the number of all African American physicians from 4 percent in 2016 to 7 percent by 2030 in the U.S.  

 Join us on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at The New Schoolfor a unique opportunity to engage with Black female doctors – women who offer invaluable insight on how the face of medicine can be changed to improve the health of a nation at large. Guest doctors include Dr. Ruth Reid-Thornton, Dr. Aletha Maybank, Dr. Travelle Franklin-Ford Ellis’ and Dr. Doris Chang. 

 In the words of Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first Black female Surgeon General of the United States and one of the doctors featured in Black Women in Medicine“You can’t be what you can’t see.”“We desperately need role models to come forward and share their stories, so that our children can consider careers in the healthcare professions. We need to reach a point where a patient isn’t surprised to see a Black female doctor is their heart surgeon, or their primary care physician, or the expert consulted on their orthopedic surgery,” said Dr. Claudia Thomas, the nation’s first Black female orthopedic surgeon. “Crystal Emery has made those role models come forward and heralds their success, so that a 10-year old Black girl today can envision herself as the physician.”

The most dynamic collection of stories of Black women in medicine ever assembled, “Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine” was created to inspire young African American women to enter the field of medicine despite the challenges they may face in breaking racial barriers. (Books will be available for purchase at the book signing). The book’s film companion, Black Women in Medicine, replaces the negative imagery - mainstream media’s false and debasing historical narrative regarding race, ethnicity, gender and character - with positive images of successful Black female doctors.

 “We have long known that the country’s diverse patient population is best served by a diverse healthcare workforce,” said Dr. Robert J. Alpern, Dean of the Yale School of Medicine. “It is critical that we work together to generate a pipeline of minority candidates who wish to enter the profession. As we move towards a more holistic approach to treating our patients, it is imperative that we have physicians of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds who can understand the factors beyond medicine that affect patients’ lives and health.”

This event is co-sponsored by The School of Media Studies, The Bachelors’ Program for Adults and Transfer Students, the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Eugene Lang College, The New School. Creatively Speaking Film Series is co-presenter.

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