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January 17, 2007

Increasing Medical School Matriculation for Minority Students—Reply

JAMA. 2007;297(3):264-265. doi:10.1001/jama.297.3.265-a

In Reply: Drs Dyrbye and Shanafelt raise an important point. Increasing the number of minority students admitted to medical school, whether through postbaccalaureate programs or otherwise, will not result in an increased number of minority physicians in the workforce unless those students graduate. Addressing the reasons for the somewhat higher risk of attrition among minority medical students is yet another critical element in the effort to close the racial and ethnic diversity gap in our profession.

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