[MMA News Now, Oct. 10, 2013]
MMA member Dionne Hart, M.D., defended the profession in a column in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 9 regarding a former mentor who is no longer recommending medical school to his students because of the costs associated with becoming a doctor and malpractice insurance, and administrative burdens.
Dionne Hart, M.D.
Hart, a psychiatrist at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, wrote to the Tribune after reading the comments of Regnal Jones, M.D. “I was quite surprised when I recently learned Dr. Jones no longer has the same passion for medicine that helped motivate me to a successful career,” Hart wrote. “While I remain very grateful to Dr. Jones, I respectfully disagree with his choice to walk away rather than change the system. We need more bright students to choose a career in medicine.”
Hart met Jones when she took part in the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program in the early ‘90s, an organization whose mission is to increase “the number of qualified minority applicants and matriculants to medical and other health professional schools.”
“Dr. Jones said he recommends that his students become physician assistants and (advanced practice nurses) and while those are noble professions, I just think you should go all the way and become a doctor, if that’s what you really want,” Hart told the paper.
Hart was recently in Chicago to take part in an event to help students become more comfortable in the interview process to improve their chances of getting into medical school.
Hart is the chair of the MMA’s Minority and Cross-Cultural Affairs committee and chair of the AMA’s Minority Affairs Section.