Disparities in Dermatology: A Reflection

J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2022 Nov;15(11):27-29.


We share a passion for advancing racial and ethnic equity in science, medicine, and health. The aim of our manuscript is to illuminate longstanding racial disparities engrained within the American healthcare system and practice of medicine with a special focus on racial and ethnic diversity within the field of dermatology. We highlight crucial contributory factors that have perpetuated racial and ethnic disparities within the field, such as disparities in provider background, access to care, and resident education. We propose necessary and practical interventions that can improve representation, education, and research, and ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes and dermatological care.

Keywords: Dermatology; disparities; equity; ethnicity; medical education; patient outcomes; race; representation in medicine; skin of color.

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  • Editorial