Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Diversity has become such a
touchstone of sanctity and value that one can hardly raise any form of objection
to its place in college and medical school admissions. However, almost all
of the debate and discussions about diversity regularly becomes directed at
ethnic and racial diversity. Dr Cohen1 centered
this discussion by insisting on its value in medical school education and
focusing on these 2 dimensions. Many other issues, however, can lay a claim
to inclusion in the selection of future physicians. Some of these, like compassion
and sensitivity, are obvious. But a host of other conditions would surely
contribute to diversity that we rarely grant much of a voice. A truly diverse
class should include the neurotic, the disabled, and those with varied sexual
preference. Surely some patients could be better served by homosexual or lesbian
physicians, but Cohen makes no brief for their consideration. We have no way
now of knowing if any of those particular characteristics make for good or
bad physicians, but they certainly make for diversity.
Goldberg A. Affirmative Action in Medical School AdmissionsAffirmative Action in Medical School Admissions. JAMA. 2003;289(23):3084. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3084-a
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