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Supporting current and future generations of black doctors in the UK

Melanin Medics is a national charity promoting racial diversity in Medicine, widening aspirations and aiding career progression.

How we do it

We support individuals to Get In to medical school, Get Through medical training and Get Up by progressing in their medical career.

  • Insight & Exposure: Delivering School Outreach activities to help young people realise career ambitions in medicine and see role models.

    Access: Providing medicine application support and mentoring on the Envision Med Programme to successfully apply to medical school.

  • Identity & Performance: Increasing confidence navigating their medical careers and providing resources to excel in medical education.

    Supportive Environment: Advocating for a work environment that values diversity and building community through the formation of professional relationships

  • Development: Creating opportunities to support personal and career development through educational events and workshops.

    Opportunity: Increasing representation across all stages of the medical workforce and building research capacity amongst individuals.

Influencing their environment

By promoting an environment in which diversity in medicine thrives, current and future black medical students and doctors are able to be their authentic selves in an environment that truly supports them and values their contributions.

Our Values


We are accountable to the people and partners we humbly serve, transparently sharing our activities, results, and developments. 


Community is at the very core of what we do. Our work is made possible through the contributions of several volunteers, partners and supporters.


We focus on serving those around us who are in need and utilising our resources to support individuals on their career development journeys.


Since our establishment, we have been committed to fulfilling our aim of promoting diversity in medicine and working towards the actualisation of our vision.  


We focus on implementing innovative and practical solutions to a high standard to maximise our impact and bring about necessary change.

Representation in UK Medical Schools

Black students make up 12% of applicants to medical school and only 5% of medical school entrants to standard medical degree courses. 

Differential attainment in postgraduate exams

UK medical graduates of black/black british heritage have lower pass rates in specialty exams (62%) compared to UK white trainees (79%).

Disproportionate disciplinary action

Doctors from ethnic minority backgrounds were twice as likely to be referred to the GMC by their employer for fitness to practise concerns than white doctors.

Ethnicity pay gap

Median basic pay for white consultants is 3.5% higher than black/black British consultants, showcasing the ethnicity pay gap.

Racism and discrimination

60% of doctors who experienced racism said that the incident had negatively impacted their wellbeing, including causing depression, anxiety, and increased stress levels.

Absence of diversity and inclusion in the workplace

55% of BAME doctors said there was respect for diversity and a culture of inclusion in their workplace compared to 75% of white doctors.

Why black students & doctors need our support

We champion racial equity in medicine, for the benefit of the workforce and patients.

Our Mision

Our mission is to promote racial diversity in Medicine, widening aspirations and aiding career progression through educational programmes, social empowerment and valuable resources.

Our Vision

We envision a future where diversity in Medicine thrives and every person is able to fulfil their maximum potential irrespective of their race and socioeconomic background.

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