June 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The last several months have been difficult and disturbing for all of us.  Our nation is enmeshed by the confluence of two major catastrophes. While in the midst of incomprehensible human and economic losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also been horrified by yet another brutal killing of a black man at the hands of police officers. 

COVID-19 has disproportionately and negatively impacted communities of color, particularly the Black community.   Contributors to the disparate impact of COVID-19 include the high prevalence of underlying health conditions, poor access to healthcare, densely populated homes and neighborhoods, and overrepresentation in “essential” work.

Analysis of these and other factors in the pandemic is essential to our honest understanding of disparities in health and health care.  The COVID 19 pandemic not only put a spotlight on healthcare disparities but also exposed our country’s lack of preparedness and cohesive leadership to respond optimally.

The death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer while three other police officers participated or looked on, amplified the systemic disregard for the lives of black people during encounters with police -- just one more example in a long history of killings and injuries at the hands of police officers.   

We are outraged and horrified.  We condemn police brutality, and all forms of bigotry and discrimination.   However, during this deeply troubling moment, there is perhaps a real opportunity to make progress and accelerate the development of sustainable solutions for addressing inequality and racial injustice as well as accelerating progress toward greater diversity, inclusion, equity, improved healthcare access and outcomes for our communities.

The AAMP was formed in 1986 with the primary mission of increasing the number of underrepresented people in biomedical research, academic medicine and ultimately health care delivery and leadership.  We call upon all of our colleagues and sister organizations that  care about the overall welfare of all people to join us to address, find and implement solutions for the health and social inequities that plague this country.  Working deliberately and actively together we can (1) advance leadership opportunities in biomedical research, academic medicine and healthcare delivery; (2) increase opportunities and remove barriers to becoming health care professionals and practitioners -- particularly physicians; and (3) eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care.

 After 400 years it is no longer acceptable to deny the racism that many face every day. It is no longer acceptable to express outrage and then move on to business as usual until the next outrageous event occurs. Racism will not disappear until it is as uncomfortable for those who are not personally affected as it is for those who are.


We are pleased to announce Howard University President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is the 2019 recipient of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Distinguished Alumnus Award, an honor given to prominent individuals who’ve made distinguished contributions in their respective fields. As a former trainee at the cancer center who completed his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at MD Anderson, Dr. Frederick was selected from nominations received by the institution’s faculty. Many notable researchers and scholars have received the prestigious award since it was introduced in 1980.


AAMP Webinar
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The link below will take you to the recording of the webinar.

In the video Dr. Meredith Bond of Cleveland State University commented on two programs at Cleveland State directed towards middle and high school students.  Refer to the links below for additional information about the two programs:


AAMP Introduces the new membership category of Emeritus

If you have been a member at least 15 years, have reached 70 years of age, and have paid dues or made donations in two of the last five years, then click below, complete the application and submit according to the instructions. Benefits include dues reduction to $125, registration costs of the annual meeting and a copy of the program and abstract booklet.


The Breadth of a Physician’s Commitments - A Tribute to Gerald Thomson

Read Dr. Gerald Thomson's Alumni Profile in the Fall / Winter 2018 edition of the Columbia Medicine magazine


Highlight Presentations At The 32nd Annual Meeting

October 5-7, 2018

Keynote Address

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Ph.D.

Addressing the Challenge of Underrepresentation in Science and Medicine

Special Presentation

Wayne Riley, MD, MACP

The Vanishing Black Male in Medicine


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