Black Boys and Men in Medicine (BBAMM) was founded in 2019 by Dr. Anita Fernander as a mentorship pipeline program for Black males from kindergarten through medical residency to address the crises of the underrepresentation of Black men in medicine. The program received a ton of interest, but Covid-19 caused insurmountable challenges.

In early 2022, in partnership between the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Black Male Working Academy, BBAMM programming resumed during BMWA Saturday Sessions in February, March, April, and May.

During the sessions, learners from 6th and 7th grade, enjoy in-depth presentations on different body systems and other STEM information, as well as lots of hands-on activities to show just how fun medicine can be! A UK College of Medicine faculty member will give a guest lecture and offer insight into their day-to-day job and what it takes for our BBAMM scholars to become future doctors.

In partnership with The Food Connection, BBAMM sessions also feature a mini cooking demonstration. Scholars learn to make a healthy snack that coincides with the lesson of the day.

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