NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to the American Medical Association, only 5% of American doctors are Black and only 2% are Black men.

That lack of diversity directly impacts the quality of health care in communities of color.

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Now a group of Black doctors is determined to change that, making it their mission to see more Black men in white coats.

CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas spoke to Dr. Jedan Phillips, a family medicine physician and clinical associate professor of medicine, and Dr. Wilfred Farquharson, director of a child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic.

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Both are with Stony Brook Medicine and recently screened the “Black Men In White Coats” documentary with local high school students.

For more information from Stony Brook University, click here.

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Aundrea Cline-Thomas