Importance and impact of diversity in paediatric medical education

Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2022 Dec;107(6):455-457. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-320796. Epub 2021 Sep 6.


Despite the increasing diversity of the UK population, we continue to see inequalities in health outcomes in patients of ethnic minorities. Unfortunately, this increasing diversity is not reflected in educational resources, which often continue to feature few images of patients with darker skin tones. Given the lack of diversity in these resources, it is unsurprising that healthcare professionals find it challenging recognising, diagnosing and managing presentations of clinical conditions in darker skinned patients. The development of new online, accessible image banks of medical conditions in different skin tones, such as Skin Deep, aims to facilitate increasing diversity in educational materials and hence improve delivery of equal standards of care to all patients.

Keywords: dermatology; jaundice.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Education, Medical*
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans