Asstated by the American Association of Medical Colleges, “a medical education program must develop programs or partnerships aimed at broadening diversity among qualified applicants for medical school admission”. Minority doctors comprise about 6 percent of the total U.S. physician population, a number that has not changed since the 1960s, says Traci R. Trice, MD, assistant dean for diversity and student diversity programs. “If you look more specifically at certain populations, particularly black males, the numbers have even gone down,” she notes. Yet African Americans comprise about 15 percent of the general U.S. population and Hispanics or Latinos make up about 17 percent. “Part of it is knowledge, part is financial and part is not having mentors in those communities,” says Trice.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Newsletter: Vol. 1
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Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/skmcdiversity/vol1/iss1/3