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March 2017

Rethinking How We Select Dermatology Applicants—Turning the Tide

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco
 

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JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(3):259-260. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4683

In recent years, dermatology has consistently been one of the least diverse specialties, second only to orthopedic surgery.1 Currently, only 3% of all US dermatologists are black and 4.2% are Hispanic, compared with 12.8% black and 16.3% Hispanic individuals in the US population, and this gap is growing.1 As a diverse physician workforce improves patient care, satisfaction, and services to the underserved, Pandya et al1 and others2 have recently proposed a call to action to address the diversity problem in dermatology and its detrimental effects.

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