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A Piece of My Mind
May 9, 2017

Medical Education and the Minority Tax

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA. 2017;317(18):1833-1834. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0196

I sat down at the large conference room table surrounded by the other medical students, some of whom I recognized from earlier stops on the residency interview trail. As they continued their conversations, I looked around, realizing I was once again the only interviewee who is black. I kept gazing around the room, only to find more faces staring back that did not look like me. Hanging grandly from the walls were faces, painted in watercolor, framed in bronze, and undoubtedly of really important men … really important white men.

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