Progress in Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Family Physicians
Racial and ethnic minority physicians are more likely to practice primary care in impoverished areas and in regions experiencing shortages. The Association of American Medical Colleges has worked for several years to improve access to primary care for underserved populations.
Researchers from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) aggregated racial and ethnic demographic data provided by family physicians and found that efforts to increase diversity among the physician workforce seems to have been effective for some racial and ethnic groups but not all.
The data were collected from over 66,000 board certified family physicians and found that compared with the US population, ABFM Diplomates are more likely to be Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific islander, and less likely to be African American, Native American / Alaska Native, or Hispanic/ Latino. Non-Hispanic white Diplomates are more representative of the US population.
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