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The policy is part of the organization’s commitment to racial justice and equity.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a new policy aimed to increase diversity in the physician workforce.
According to a news release, the move is part of the organization’s commitment to racial justice and equity and builds on the AMA’s strategic plan. The policy was adopted during the organization’s Special Meeting of its House of Delegates.
“Studies show that racial, ethnic and gender diversity among health professionals promotes better access to health care, improves health care quality for underserved populations, and better meets the health care needs of our increasingly diverse population,” said AMA Board of Trustee Member Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, says in the release. “ Yet, our physician workforce does not adequately reflect the actual racial, ethnic or gender makeup of the patients in the communities we serve. A critical step in moving forward, we must call out the lasting negative impact that the Flexner Report, and other harmful past actions by the medical profession, has had on today’s physician workforce. We must address and reconcile these lasting harms to ensure that future physicians are aware of structural factors that are impeding their patient’s health outcomes, and continue efforts to ensure a diverse physician workforce that meets the needs of our patients.”
The provisions of the policy are below as they appear in the release: