Raising Women’s Voices

Med School Diversity May Help Whites Care Better for Minorities

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on September 11, 2008

TUESDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) — Attending medical schools with high levels of racial and ethnic diversity may better prepare white medical students to care for minority patients, U.S. researchers say.

The study analyzed data from a Web-based survey of 20,112 graduating medical students from 118 medical schools. It found that white students at medical schools with the highest quintile (one-fifth) for student body racial and ethnic diversity, measured by the proportion of underrepresented minority (URM) students, were 33 percent more likely to rate themselves as highly prepared to care for minority patients than white students at medical schools in the lowest diversity quintile — 61.1 percent vs. 53.9 percent, respectively. This association was strongest in schools in which there was positive interracial interaction….

For the full article see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/09/AR2008090902141.html

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