Dr. Milton Armstrong still remembers the stares he received more than 20 years ago when he started practicing medicine and would approach patients in his lab coat.
“Many of them had never seen a black doctor before, and they were shocked,” Armstrong said during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Armstrong is a plastic surgeon at MUSC. He joined three other medical professionals on the panel who also shared stories of their early years on the job.
The panelists agreed there still aren’t enough minorities in the medical field.
The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates fewer than 4 percent of all physicians in the United States are African-American. (The Post and Courier)