The Urgent Need for Doctors of Color

Imamu Tomlinson, MD, MBA, on the dearth of diverse physicians, its impact on medicine, and the importance of mentorship. Originally posted by Urban Health Today.

Imamu Tomlinson, MD, MBA, CEO of Vituity and President of the Vituity Cares Foundation

Imamu Tomlinson , MD, MBA

CEO of Vituity and President of the Vituity Cares Foundation

Published July 22, 2022

Key takeaways:

  • Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous people are grossly underrepresented at all levels of healthcare from health system administrators to physicians and registered nurses.
  • Healthcare has a history of exploiting and excluding people of color. Minority patients are therefore more trusting of clinicians who look like them and who understand their backgrounds and experiences.
  • Medical school admissions hinge on test scores and grades, which disadvantages many students of color. It’s time for admissions committees to give equal weight to applicants’ diverse experiences and perspectives.
  • The Vituity Cares Foundation addresses workforce disparities through experiential learning, mentoring, and financial support of young people from disadvantaged communities who are interested in medical careers.

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