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Doctor's program aims to boost minority representation in medicine

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TAMPA, Fla. — Dexter Frederick stood inside an administrative office at Tampa’s Grace Community Health Center recently, a poster of the periodic table of elements hovering above his shoulders.

Morgan Butts, a University of South Florida doctorate student, stood in the doorway with a clipboard in hand.

“How many days do you want to treat it?” asked Frederick, who has been a doctor for more than 20 years. “Let’s go with 10.”

Together, they rattled off a list of prescriptions.

“How many milligrams?” Butts asked.

“0.4,” Frederick replied. The patient will need 34 tablets to get him through the treatment. If the fever increases or the pain gets worse, they discuss, he’ll need to go to the emergency room.

 

“Any questions?”

“I don’t think so.”

Every day, Frederick, 51, gives his students doses of real-world medical experience, gentle nudges and assertive guidance mixed with opportunities to find the answers themselves.

Since 2004, he has been supporting minority students who dream of becoming doctors through a program he founded called Brain Expansions Scholastic Training, or B.E.S.T.

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