Program aims to get minorities into medicine

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Tour for Diversity in Medicine makes a stop at Johnson C. Smith University on Tuesday. The program aims to turn young minority students towards a career in medicine.

Statistics show 26 percent of the population in the US is African-American, Hispanic, or Native American. Only 6 percent of doctors are minorities.

"It does make me sad and I guess I'm just kind of wondering, how did that happen?" said Charlotte OB/GYN Dr. Octavia Cannon.

Dr. Cannon is an African American Alumni of JCSU. She says she encourages minority youth to pursue a career in medicine. She says her career has been rewarding.

Current JCSU Senior Christina Onunu hopes to one day have the title of Doctor in front of her name. She's currently looking into schools to study to become a doctor.

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine makes its stop at JCSU Tuesday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Doctors will be available to talk to students about getting into medicine.