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Emergency Medical Minute


May 27, 2020

Russell J. Ledet hails from Lake Charles, Louisiana. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended Southern University and A&M College for his undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry. Afterwards, he went on to complete his Ph.D. in molecular oncology at New York University. He is currently a second-year MD-MBA student at Tulane University School of Medicine and A.B. Freeman School of Business. He is the co-founder and president of 'The 15 White Coats', a non profit organization focused on helping people of color get into medical school and improving the cultural literacy of our learning spaces. 


In this very special episode of UnfilterED, Russell speaks candidly about his childhood, the challenges that made him the man he is today and his plans for the future, including The 15 White Coats' goal to put an individual of color through medical school debt-free. 


Time Stamps:

1:53 - Russell’s Introduction

6:50 How have you learned from your experiences and where you came from?

9:30 - Entrepreneurship at a young age

14:15 - Russell's Faith

16:20 - Joining the Navy

20:30 - Role Models

32:40 - Visiting the Whitney Plantation and the origin of The 15 White Coats

44:40 - The future of The 15 White Coats

53:00 - What is your take home message for a young person of color listening to this interview?


The 15 White Coats website:


Get in touch with Russell:


Twitter: @theguywithyes

Instagram: @maleahandmahlinasbaba



Intro Music:

Backbay Lounge Kevin MacLeod (

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