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May 3rd is National Doctors Back to School™ Day

AMA Doctors Back to School program inspires new generation of physicians

On Tuesday, May 3rd, medical students and physicians across the country will inspire the next generation of minority physicians. Join our movement and schedule your school visit today! The goal of the American Medical Association (AMA) Doctors Back to School (DBTS) program is to increase the number of minority physicians and ultimately work toward eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. The program sends minority physicians and medical students into communities as a way to introduce children to professional role models. DBTS shows kids of all ages, especially those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, that medicine is an attainable career option for everyone.

Contact a school in your community and schedule a visit on, or near, May 3rd and talk to students about why you became a physician and how they can follow in your footsteps. Your efforts will contribute to our goal of increasing the number of historically underrepresented minority medical students. 

New this year: Register your school visit and you will be able to purchase “Future Doctor” stickers and backpacks to distribute during your meeting. A limited number of complimentary “Future Doctor” backpacks will be shipped to participants who register their confirmed school visit before April 15. You will be notified via email if your order will be free.

Why is DBTS important?
While our country grows more diverse every day, minority Americans still lag behind white Americans on nearly every health indicator, including health care coverage, life expectancy and disease rates.  

  • African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans make up nearly one-quarter of the U.S. population.
  • In 30 years, these groups are expected to make up one-third of the U.S. population.
  • African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Alaska Natives make up only 9 % of the doctors in this country.

Who are you helping?

  • DBTS wants to inspire minority children to consider the medical field as a profession. Minority physicians are more likely to return to their communities and practice in underserved areas and provide care for minority, poor, underinsured and uninsured patients. Each DBTS visit increases awareness of the need for more minority physicians, and may inspire a young person to become a future doctor.

The program continues year round.

Physicians are encouraged to continue making visits to schools and other community programs whenever they can during the year.

After your visit, share your story by sending an e-mail to mas@ama-assn.org or calling (312) 464-4335.

Questions children ask
Lists questions that were asked of doctors who presented Doctors Back to School programs.

Doctors Back to School kit
The DBTS kit includes presentation ideas, curriculum recommendations, outlines, handouts and checklists.

Frequently asked questions about the AMA Doctors Back to School program
Answers to questions about Doctors Back to School

Financial aid

Other resource links

Careers in Medicine resource list