PROGRAMS FOR FELLOWS AND JUNIOR FACULTY
THE COMMONWEALTH FUND/HARVARD UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP IN MINORITY HEALTH POLICY
FELLOWS' BIOS: 2008-2009
SAMANTHA KAPLAN, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Obstetrician Gynecologist and Assistant Professor; Director, Early Medical School Selection Program, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Publications | Practicum
Dr. Kaplan is currently an attending physician in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA and clinical instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Prior to completing her medical education, Dr. Kaplan worked as a fundraiser at First Nations Development Institute, Fredricksburg, VA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting culturally consistent Native American indigenous economic development, and served on the Board of Directors at the Washington Free Clinic, Washington, DC. She has also worked as a consultant to the non-profit organization, Public Education Fund, Washington, DC, where she designed a national membership database during the start-up phase of the organization, and with Columbia University’s Center for HIV, New York, NY, a center created to study the behaviors and epidemiology related to the increasing rates of HIV infection in minority groups. Currently, Dr. Kaplan has focused her attention on disparities in the physician workforce. She is interested in the development of an adjunct educational and support program for minority medical students.
Dr. Kaplan received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA in 1997 and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY in 2001.
IN THE NEWS:
- Why We Need More Minority Doctors - WBUR.org quotes former CFHUF Fellows, physician Alden Landry and Samantha Kaplan “I’m an ER physician,” Dr. Alden Landry told me. “When I walk into patients’ rooms and start speaking to them and introduce myself as their doctor, often older black women will say, ‘Thank you for being my doctor! I’m so proud of you. I’m glad you’re going to be taking care of me.’ They say they feel more comfortable with me as their physician.”... -- WBUR.org, February 10, 2012
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