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October 2018

Increasing Minority Representation in the Dermatology Department: The Johns Hopkins Experience

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(10):1133-1134. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.2018

Recent attention has been paid to the increasing ethnic and racial diversity of the American population, which sharply contrasts with the lagging number of dermatology clinicians from groups that are underrepresented in medicine (UIM; including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific islanders). While approximately 16% of the US population identifies as Hispanic and 13% identify as African American, only 4% of dermatologists identify as Hispanic and 3% as African American.1 This discrepancy between the diversity in the American population and the dermatologists who will provide care to them will only become more marked as the ethnic diversity of our country continues to evolve.