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Research Letter
January 2016

Changes in Sex and Ethnic Diversity in Dermatology Residents Over Multiple Decades

Author Affiliations
  • 1Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Boston, Massachusettes
  • 2Harvard College, Department of Biology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(1):92-94. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.4441

Increased ethnic diversity of physicians is associated with increased access to health care for underserved communities, better anticipation of patient needs, and acceleration of medical research.1 Similarly, sex concordance between physicians and patients can improve communication and patient satisfaction.2 Although sex and ethnic diversity of US physicians have both increased over the past several decades, not all clinical specialties have been impacted equally. To better characterize the dermatology field’s evolution during this time period, we analyzed sex and ethnicity trends among dermatology residents and compared them with other specialties and medical school graduates over multiple decades.

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