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Research Letter
January 9, 2019

Understanding Perceived Barriers of Minority Medical Students Pursuing a Career in Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
JAMA Dermatol. 2019;155(2):252-254. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.4813

As the US population becomes increasingly diverse, the specialty of dermatology has not followed this trend; it is the least diverse medical field, after orthopedics.1 Although African Americans and Hispanics compose 12.8% and 16.3% of the American population, respectively, each group represents less than 5% of dermatologists (https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/cph-1-1.pdf).2 The representation of minorities improves patient care because race-concordant visits are associated with longer visits and greater patient satisfaction.3,4 Recently, several calls to action have endorsed evidence-based research to understand barriers to minority students pursuing dermatology.1,5,6

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