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Column: Representation matters: Black doctor decided to pursue medicine after he met his mother's doctor as a boy

The first time Pierre Johnson met a black physician, he was 9 years old.

He accompanied his pregnant mother to see her gynecologist, who happened to be African-American. When Johnson looked at him, he saw a more mature version of himself.

"He was down-to-earth, and he answered all my questions," he said. "He let me hear the baby's heartbeat.

"He broke it down on a rudimentary level, and it was fascinating. It grabbed my attention. He walked me through the delivery, and it was

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