Committees  |   September 2016
Committee on Professional Diversity Partners With AMA Doctors Back to School Program, Encourages Students to Enter Health Care Pipeline
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Committees   |   September 2016
Committee on Professional Diversity Partners With AMA Doctors Back to School Program, Encourages Students to Enter Health Care Pipeline
ASA Monitor 09 2016, Vol.80, 52-53.
ASA Monitor 09 2016, Vol.80, 52-53.
Minorities are underrepresented in medicine. Under-represented minorities make up nearly one-third of the American population,1  but represent only 8.9 percent of U.S. physicians.2  Furthermore, only 3.9 percent of medical school faculty are underrepresented minorities.2  Racial/ ethnic disparities are prevalent in medicine,3  and while the origins of disparities are multifactorial,4  one proposed solution for reducing disparities is increasing the diversity of the medical workforce.5  Diversity in the physician workforce ensures that the health care system is representative of the nation’s population and that it is responsive to its health care needs. Minority physicians are more likely to treat minority patients, practice in underserved communities and have better ratings of patient-provider communication than non-minority physicians.6,7  These facts underscore the need to increase the number of minorities in the physician pipeline. One strategy to accomplish that goal is to increase awareness of medical careers among minority students.
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