Committees  |   February 2018
Because We Could, ASA Pipeline to Anesthesia
Author Affiliations
  • Omonele O. Nwokolo, M.D.
    Committee on Professional Diversity
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Education / CPD / Pediatric Anesthesia / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Committees
Committees   |   February 2018
Because We Could, ASA Pipeline to Anesthesia
ASA Monitor 02 2018, Vol.82, 56-57.
ASA Monitor 02 2018, Vol.82, 56-57.
Our society is becoming increasingly diverse with underrepresented minorities making up one-third of the American population.1  In fact, by 2020 over 50 percent of the nation’s children will be considered minorities.2  Despite this varied demographic, the medical-field workforce is much less diverse. In 2015, just 10.3 percent of medical school graduates were of African American or Hispanic/ Latino descent and only 20 medical school graduates were of Native American, Alaskan Native or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander descent.3  Even though the percentage of medical school graduates by sex has increased since 1980 and is now almost 50 percent female/50 percent male,3  the field of anesthesiology lags behind with only about a quarter of the anesthesia workforce being female.4,5  Overall, women in anesthesia lag behind other specialties as well as the national trends.6  Underrepresented minorities comprise 6.0 percent of the ASA leadership, 8.6 percent of the anesthesia workforce, and 8.9 percent of the national medical workforce although they comprise 32 percent of the national [USA] population.7 
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