MEDICINE AND SOCIETY: PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE What Does It Mean for Medical School Admissions to Be Socially Accountable?

Mark C. Henderson, Charlene Green, Candice Chen

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Abstract

Health care workforce diversity is a critical determinant of health equity and the social mission of medical education. Medical schools have a social contract with the public, which provides significant financial support to academic medical centers. Although a focus on diversity is critical in the admissions process for health professions schools, most US medical schools have failed to achieve racial-ethnic or economic diversity representative of the general US population. This article discusses limitations of holistic admissions, structural challenges for diverse learners in medical education, and how to implement socially accountable admissions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-974
Number of pages10
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Volume23
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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