Medical School Diversity Means Better Health Care LaterAugust 29, 2016 |
by G. Richard Olds
American medical schools are suffering from a severe case of economic and racial homogeneity, which is fueling physician shortages in vulnerable communities. Doctors are most likely to work in areas that share their demographics. White medical students from wealthy backgrounds tend to return to well-off, predominantly white locales to practice. Conversely, communities that produce few medical students also tend to have few practicing physicians.