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January 2016

Increasing African American Representation in Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.3030

Dermatology is the study and care of all skin types. Although the US population continues to grow more diverse,1 dermatologists remain remarkably monochromatic. That is, there is a significant lack of diversity among dermatologists, especially when it comes to underrepresentation of African Americans. This racial disparity is common across all fields of medicine; however, it is especially striking in a field that is focused on treating skin disorders.

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