I have been asked to touch briefly on the whole area which we will cover today: the problems facing the Negro today, first as a medical student, then in postgraduate training, and finally in actual practice.
The Medical Student
Much progress has been made, especially in recent years, but many problems still face the Negro in medicine today. A few years ago, the black applicant to medical school was fairly limited in his choice. He applied to Howard University and to Meharry Medical College. If he applied elsewhere, it was really an act of courage because he knew that his chances were fairly slim. Today the average black student still makes a smaller number of applications than the average white student, but the situation is somewhat different. If he is a brilliant and exceptional student, he may be sought after, courted, seduced, bought, and before he knows it, actually auctioned