“The nonprofit organization nearest to my heart is National Medical Fellowships, which I have supported for seven years,” says Juanita Watts, M.D., regional coordinator for Women’s Health. National Medical Fellowships (NMF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and other health care professionals by providing scholarships and educational programs to underrepresented medical students.
“Medical school debt disproportionately affects students of color, and NMF is working to lessen that burden for thousands who, like me, have moved on to become physicians and leaders at Kaiser Permanente,” explains Dr. Watts.
According to the Association of Medical Colleges, the U.S. faces a national shortage of physicians that will only worsen over time. It is estimated that the U.S. will lack more than 130,000 physicians required to serve the nation by 2025. “We especially need more students of color to pursue a medical career and provide compassionate, culturally sensitive care to patients who live in some of our most underserved communities,” adds Dr. Watts. “I urge all SCPMG physicians to join me in supporting this wonderful organization, and to help make a difference in the lives of your future fellow physicians.”
The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Giving Campaign runs through October 31. To sign up, visit www.kpcgc.org. There, you’ll find out ways to contribute and inspire others to do the same by letting them know how your organization is making the world a better place.
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