Closing the medical diversity gap
Studies show minority patients benefit from having doctors with similar backgrounds, but only small percentage of physicians are Black or Latino.
those who stand on the front lines of the pandemic, taking a knee this summer against racial injustice and health disparities. Racism is a pandemic to While studies show minority patients benefit from having doctors with similar backgrounds, just 5% of active physicians or black and less than 6% Latino medical schools in teaching hospitals are increasingly pledging to diversify student bodies and faculty. It can be done, and we can make a difference. Doctor On Re Ford is dean of the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. Already, the school has a program for minority high school and college students pursuing health care careers. Doctor Ford is working to build a pipeline starting even earlier. We have to make sure that our black and brown Children can actually pass reading comprehension in third grade because otherwise the pool has already been has already shrunken considerably. We won't have enough of them toe work with to get into a high school and prepare them for college Nationwide, the pandemic is adding to the challenges. Extracurriculars like job shadows, research and summer programs that can carry increased importance from candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are canceled. The American Medical Association is addressing inequalities via initiatives that include its newly formed Center for Health Equality. We need to work on the goal off having the faces of our physician community match the faces of our overall community, changes that lead to stronger doctor, patient communication trust and ultimately care several Olof NBC News.