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Editorial
June 3, 2021

Equity and the JAMA Network

Author Affiliations
  • 1Executive Editor and Interim Editor in Chief, JAMA and the JAMA Network
  • 2Executive Managing Editor, JAMA and the JAMA Network
  • 3Editor, JAMA Health Forum
  • 4Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 5Editor, JAMA Cardiology
  • 6Division of Cardiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 7Editor, JAMA Ophthalmology
  • 8Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 9Editor, JAMA Pediatrics
  • 10Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle, Washington
  • 11Editor, JAMA Oncology
  • 12Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 13Editor, JAMA Neurology
  • 14Department of Neurology, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • 15Editor, JAMA Surgery
  • 16Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 17Editor, JAMA Psychiatry
  • 18McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Belmont, Massachusetts
  • 19Editor, JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
  • 20Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
  • 21Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
  • 22Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 23Editor, JAMA Network Open
  • 24Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 25Editor, JAMA Dermatology
  • 26Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 27Deputy Editor, JAMA Cardiology
  • 28Vice Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Dermatol. Published online June 3, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.2443

The key objective of JAMA is “To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health”; similar objectives and mission statements are supported by all 12 JAMA Network Journals. Together this family of journals is committed to publishing the best research, reviews, and opinion articles to advance medical science, promote public health, and improve patient care. The ultimate goal is to promulgate truth in science and medicine.

On February 23, 2021, a podcast titled “Structural Racism for Doctors—What Is It?” was posted by the JAMA Network and on the following day, a tweet was posted to promote the podcast. Assertions in both that disavowed the presence of structural racism in medicine and among physicians were wrong, misguided, and uninformed. An extensive evidence base strongly supports the presence of structural racism in medicine and its adverse influence on health.1 The process for reviewing and publishing the podcast and tweet was also flawed. On March 4, 2021, Howard Bauchner, MD, editor in chief of JAMA and the 12 JAMA Network Journals, took responsibility and issued an apology for the podcast and tweet. This editorial team also expresses a profound apology for the misinformation in the podcast and tweet and recognizes the hurt, anger, and outrage that resulted.

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