A Call to Action by Drs. Pandya and Alexis

Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Dermatology

Below reads a short summary of the full article written by Drs. Pandya and Alexis, for the full article please refer to the link below.

As the population of the United States becomes increasingly diverse in gender, race,
ethnicity, social-economic status, disability and sexual orientation, there comes a
greater need for the dermatology industry to address this transformation and
determine solutions that will best serve more dynamic patient and practitioner

Over the years, the Women’s Dermatologic Society has helped improve gender
disparity in dermatology—moving our specialty toward a workforce that reflects
the patients it serves. Unfortunately, we have not followed the same path with other
diversification. In fact, we are falling behind.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 projections, no single racial/ethnic
group will make up a majority of Americans. By 2060, Hispanic will make up 31% of
the population and 15% of Americans will be (African American or black) with 8.2%
Asian. With these predictions of racial change, the dermatology industry must
determine a call to action. READ THE FULL ABSTRACT.

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