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Comment & Response
July 2017

Increasing Diversity in Dermatology Residencies—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(7):728-729. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.0502

In Reply We appreciate the thoughtful response to our article by Kailas and Rigel. We acknowledge that our article omitted key statistics, including those on Native American/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and thank the authors for pointing these out. It was not our intention to exclude the many underrepresented groups within our specialty through lack of mention; indeed, we fully support ongoing efforts to better characterize our specialty with respect to race and ethnicity as well as other individual characteristics including and not limited to socioeconomic status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, immigration status, and international medical graduate status. We share the conviction of Kailas and Rigel that improved understanding and continued recognition of these disparities in representation between underrepresented minority groups in dermatology and the general population will further strengthen the argument that a call to action is needed.

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