ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Student Body Racial and Ethnic Composition and Diversity-Related Outcomes in US Medical Schools Somnath Saha, MD, MPH Context Many medical schools assert that a racially and ethnically diverse student Gretchen Guiton, PhD body is an important element in educating physicians to meet the needs of a diverse society. However, there is limited evidence addressing the educational effects of stu- Paul F. Wimmers, PhD dent body racial diversity. LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD Objective To determine whether student body racial and ethnic diversity is associ- ated with diversity-related outcomes among US medical students. OST MEDICAL SCHOOLS IN the United States explic- Design, Setting, and Participants A Web-based survey (Graduation Question- itly seek to engender di- naire) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges of 20 112 gradu- Mversity within their stu- ating medical students (64% of all graduating students in 2003 and 2004) from 118 allopathic medical schools in the United States. Historically black and Puerto Rican medi- dent bodies. Academic leaders assert cal schools were excluded. that diversity within their classrooms creates a robust learning environ- Main Outcome Measures Students’ self-rated preparedness to care for patients from other racial and ethnic backgrounds, attitudes about equity and access to
JAMA – American Medical Association
Published: Sep 10, 2008
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