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What are the barriers faced by under-represented minorities applying to dermatology? A qualitative cross-sectional study of applicants applying to a large dermatology residency program

Published:March 31, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2020.03.067
      To the Editor: Under-represented minorities (URMs) in the United States include individuals self-identifying as Hispanic/Latino, African American, and American Indian/Alaska Native. These groups represent >30% of the general population but <9% of physicians in the United States.
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      • Challenging the status quo: Increasing diversity in dermatology
        Journal of the American Academy of DermatologyVol. 83Issue 6
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          To the Editor: We read Vasquez et al's1 recent study with great interest. Diversity in dermatology and, furthermore, in medicine is a fundamental issue requiring widespread call to action to increase the representation of individuals of underrepresented minority groups (URMs) within the field. We certainly agree with the authors' assessment of mentorship and participation in pipeline programs for a successful match1 and commend the group on their meaningful findings. However, we posit that further action can be taken by residency programs to alleviate the barriers URMs face when applying to dermatology programs.
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