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Research Letter
December 2017

Addressing Minority Representation in Dermatology: Answering a Call to Action Through Structured Mentorship and Instruction

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(12):1329-1330. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.3224

Recent attention has been called to the insufficient representation in dermatology of African American and Hispanic individuals, which comprise the major populations underrepresented in medicine (UIM).1,2 There have been 2 recent calls to action to increase UIM populations in dermatology, a task that necessitates action.1,2

Among the numerous approaches previously suggested, mentoring and tutoring have been cited as some of the best to increase diversity.1,2 We present the instructional and mentoring program we used to encourage UIM students in our community to consider dermatology careers in an attempt to show that even brief outreach programs can make a difference.