PMF Hosts Day-Long Conference to Increase Pipeline of Africn American Students to Attend Medical School and Practice in San Francisco Bay Area & No. CA

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According to December 2012 data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), 5,489 African American students enrolled in U.S. medical schools in 2008. Four years later (2012), 1,163 graduated; fewer than one in five (4.72) completed medical school. These statistics are what compelled the Physicians Medical Forum to establish the Doctors on Board Program and become a pipeline for African American students whose goals are to become physicians.

As the Affordable Care Act is being implemented in stages, the Doctors on Board Program seeks to enhance cultural diversity within the medical profession and increase the pipeline of black students going to medical school.

The Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) aims to increase the number of African American physicians, residents and medical students in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay and Northern California, while helping to improve the delivery of culturally competent medical care to better meet the healthcare needs of the underserved, as well as the community at-large. To that end, on Saturday, March 9th, the non-profit organization will host its third annual “Doctors on Board Program—a day-long, tuition-free, information-filled series of workshops and skills training sessions that encourage the increase of black students to attend medical schools and residency programs. The day's activities will include mock medical clinics for students interested in Primary Care and other specialties; a knot tying and mock suture clinic for those who are interested in becoming surgeons; information on clinical research provided by Mayo Clinic, and mentoring interviews—matching students with physicians from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.

Dr. Albert L. Brooks, PMF President and Chief of Medical Services at Washington Hospital in Fremont, California said, “As the Affordable Care Act is being implemented in stages, the Doctors on Board Program seeks to enhance cultural diversity within the medical profession and increase the pipeline of black students going to medical school."

Many of Northern California's most prominent physicians and medical school representatives will provide students with an innovative and exciting opportunity to explore varied facets of medicine and provide information about medical school preparation, medical specialties, and life as a physician. Segments of the DOB Program will include: a workshop on admissions & financial aid; Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation; a seminar with currently enrolled medical students and residents; Ethicon Knot Tying Basic Skills Training; a "mock" suture training session; "mock" medical clinics with real patients; mentoring interviews with more than 40 physicians of varying specialties from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California; and a workshop for parents and families of future doctors. At the end of the program, students will be awarded certificates of completion, immediately followed by a reception.

Stalfana Bello, Physicians Medical Forum Executive Director, commented, "The Doctors on Board Program is a "game changer" for participating students as it is the only program nationwide that combines interactive pre-medical school activities with comprehensive planning, workshops and involvement with physicians, faculty, medical school representatives, HMOs, businesses, organizations, and the community-at-large."

There is no cost for students to attend the conference sponsored by Physicians Medical Forum. Students who wish to take part in this innovative, interactive, one-day program may learn more and register by visiting Interested parties must submit Student Application online or via mail or fax as soon as possible, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2013.

WHO: Physicians Medical Forum (PMF)
WHAT: “Doctors on Board Program” (Pre-Medical School Conference)
WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013 | 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
             Registration & breakfast (6:00 A.M. – 7:15 A.M.)
             Workshops, mentoring, lunch, mock medical and suture clinics (7:30 - 5:00 P.M.)
             Certificate of Completion Award ceremony and reception (5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.)
WHERE: Oakland Marriott City Center | 10th and Broadway, downtown Oakland

Numerous prominent physicians, faculty, residents, administrators, and business professionals will instruct, mentor and network with the program's student participants. They will include representatives from the PMF Board of Directors, Sinkler Miller Medical Association (SMMA), John Hale Medical Society (JHMS), Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region 1, Kaiser Permanente Residency Program, UCSF, UC Davis, and Stanford Schools of Medicine, and the Mayo Clinic.

The “Doctors on Board Program” is supported by Physicians Medical Forum, which has received grants from Wells Fargo, California Healthcare Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, California Endowment and Kaplan Test Prep.

The Physicians Medical Forum is an Oakland, CA-based non-profit 501(c) (3) whose mission is mission is to encouragement recruitment and retention of African American physicians to eliminate health disparities; improve access to care; and maintain diversity within the profession, thereby improving the quality of life for people of color.

One of PMF's primary goals is to partner with medical schools and universities to develop and maintain sustainable initiatives, programs, mentoring, events, and organizational support that serve to encourage residents, medical students and college and university students to practice in Northern California.

Other PMF programs and initiatives include: African American Physicians Directory; studies on physicians retention and recruitment; providing workshops for physicians training, education and development; providing scholarships for medical students and residents; networking with legislators and medical organizations; and community outreach programs.

The following “Doctors on Board Program” participants are immediately available for pre-event interviews:

  •     Stalfana Bello, M.P.A, PMF Executive Director & Conference Coordinator
  •     Albert L. Brooks, M.D., PMF President
  •     Kathryn E. Malone, M.D., PMF Recruitment Committee Chair
  •     Warren J. Strudwick, M.D., PMF Chief Financial Officer
  •     Laura L. Minikel, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Kaiser Permanente Residency Program Dir.
  •     Willie Natt, V.P., Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo
  •     Shaina Lipa, UCSF Medical School student, Assistant Conference Coordinator

To arrange interviews, contact:
Toni Beckham | 209-832-8020 / 408-499-3664c | Toni(at)PRetCetera(dot)com or
Stalfana Bello, PMF Exec. Dir. | 510-562-5560 |


2201 Broadway, Suite 212 • Oakland, CA 94612
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