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Affirmative action in medical education: Unpacking the Supreme Court Decision


In response to the June 29, 2023, U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits race-conscious admissions policies, the AMA convened a group of thought leaders in medical education and health equity to discuss:

  • How the ruling may negatively impact diversity efforts in medical education
  • The relationship between a diverse health care workforce and health equity
  • The vital role that HBCUs have played in diversifying the physician workforce
  • Practices for promoting diversity in medical education in the absence of race-conscious admissions policies


  • David Henderson, MD, vice president, equity, diversity and belonging, medical education, AMA
  • David A. Acosta, MD, chief diversity and inclusion officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Joaquin Baca, MSPH, director, equity, diversity and belonging, medical education, AMA
  • Diana Huang, assistant general counsel, Office of Health Law, AMA Office of General Counsel 
  • William McDade, MD, PhD, chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education 
  • Shadi A. Shakeri, MD, professor, Department of Radiology, chair, admissions committee, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Jeanette E. South-Paul, MD, DHL (Hon), FAAFP, executive vice president and provost, Meharry Medical College 

*This panel discussion was recorded on July 7, 2023.

Table of Contents

  1. Moderator
  2. Panelists