Melanin Medics is a non-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to supporting the community of African-Caribbean aspiring medics, medical students and medical professionals in the UK whilst tackling the underrepresentation of African-Caribbean’s in the Medical Field. The organisation has been focused to implement positive solutions which will help to overcome underrepresentation and socio-economic barriers in the medical profession.
According to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in 2015/2016, only 2.4% of all medical students in the UK were African-Caribbean. The GMC List of Medical Practitioners showed that only 3.2% of UK Registered Medical Practitioners were identified as African-Caribbean in 2017.
Melanin Medics is made up of a team of UK African-Caribbean Doctors and Medical Students who have collectively recognised the underrepresentation of students of African-Caribbean origin in UK Medical Schools. We noticed that there ceased to be a platform which is promoting the cohesion of African-Caribbean Medical Students & Professionals; moreover there ceases to be a professional body which is implementing outreaches in primary and secondary education for students who would require mentorship for their medical school application. At Melanin Medics, we passionately believe in the importance of creating a platform which provides support, guidance and promotes a strong association between African-Caribbean medical students & qualified healthcare professionals so we proceeded to work towards addressing what we perceive to be a pressing issue.
Melanin Medics is a platform that aims to motivate, educate and influence those wishing to pursue a career in the medical field and give young people an insight to the life of various medical students from the UK.
From the trials and tribulations to the joyous peaks of pursuing a career in medicine, our blog is here to answer your questions.
We will feature success stories, advice, answer your questions, give an insight to medical school life and many more. We’re currently based in the UK so many of the experiences shared are specific to studying in the UK, however in the future we hope to expand and feature posts from around the world but in the mean time please bear with us.