Lack Of Diversity Among Doctors Seen As Brewing Public Health Crisis
Stat talks to a group of doctors who are traveling the country and meeting with young people of color who are interested in health career paths.
Black Doctors Trying To Improve Their Ranks Share Their Own Experiences
To many in the medical profession, it’s a public health crisis in the making: While African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, only about 6 percent of doctors are black. And evidence shows that patients feel better about the quality of their health care when their doctors look like them. To address this workforce issue, a group of young doctors, dentists, and other health care professionals started a traveling program called Tour for Diversity that goes all over the U.S. to meet with young people of color who are interested in health career paths. (Durning and Satyanarayana, 2/7)