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Diversity in dermatology: International medical graduates and their role in the diversity of a specialty

  • Muhammad N. Mahmood
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author: Muhammad N. Mahmood, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, 5B4.55 WMC, 8440-112 St, University of Alberta Hospital, Lab Medicine & Pathology, Edmonton, AB T6G2B7, Canada. Tel.: 780-407-2145; fax: 780-407-3009.
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    Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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      Abstract

      A diverse medical workforce improves patient care. Dermatology is the second-least diverse medical specialty in the United States, and many recent publications have discussed the different reasons and possible solutions to improve this disparity. A quarter of physicians in the United States are international medical graduates, which directly impacts the cultural diversity in health care. Dermatology has the lowest percentage of international medical graduates in its active physician workforce. Among other measures, the inclusion of more international medical graduates in residency programs can help improve the diversity in this specialty and alleviate any disparities in dermatological care delivery in underserved communities.

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