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Books, Journals, New Media
January 14, 2004

Affirmative Action

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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(2):251-252. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.251-b

In Affirmative Action in Medicine, James L. Curtis, MD, clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, seeks to answer several research questions: For the field of medicine, how does affirmative action improve the nation's health care? How does a more diverse group of highly educated and trained physicians enhance or advance the delivery of, and access to, health care for all US citizens? His book evaluates the outcome and effectiveness of affirmative action efforts for medical school graduates over a 30-year period. Outcomes are compared for a cohort of 2109 minority medical school graduates and 2121 nonminority medical school graduates. All students in the study population were admitted to US medical schools in a 4-year period beginning in 1969 and graduated from 1973 through 1977.

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