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January 5, 2021

Diversity in Medical Schools: A Much-Needed New Beginning

Author Affiliations
  • 1Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2021;325(1):23-24. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21576

The disproportionate effect of the novel coronavirus on African Americans and communities of color has shone a new light on the more than century-old struggle to increase the number of Black physicians in the US. Today, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Black physicians account for 5% of all physicians even though African Americans comprise 13% of the US population. Only 1626 (7.4%) of the 21 863 students who entered medical school in 2019 were Black, roughly the same ratio as the last 15 years.1