Medical School Diversity

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The AMA aims to identify and implement opportunities to embed racial and social justice and equity into existing AMA innovation strategies and initiatives including digital health, telemedicine, AI, medical education. —AMA Equity Strategic Plan

Within medical education AMA is committed to dismantling structural racism and increasing diversity in the physician workforce by:

  • Supporting external stakeholders in a shared goal to increase medical school admissions among historically excluded and marginalized groups
  • Raising awareness among historically excluded and marginalized groups of pathways to medicine
  • Raising awareness among medical school administrators and faculty of the systemic barriers which hinder these groups from becoming physicians

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AMA is a proud sponsor of Black Men in White Coats, a documentary that inspires to increase the number of Black men in the field of medicine. This panel discussion examines structural barriers to increasing diversity in medicine from the perspectives of Black men who are both physicians and leaders in medicine. 

The panel is facilitated by Willie Underwood, MD, MSc, MPH, AMA Board of Trustee member and executive director at the Buffalo Center for Health Equity.

Dr. Underwood is joined in the discussion with Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc, vice dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at Northwestern Medicine; William McDade, MD, PhD, chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; Michael Knight, MD, chair of the AMA Minority Affairs Section Governing Council and patient safety officer, The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates; and Frank Clark, MD, division chief for Psychiatric Hospitalists/Consultation Psychiatrists at PRISMA Health-Upstate.

Black Men in White Coats discussion guide

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With eight scholarship categories and a variety of focus areas, including serving those underrepresented in medicine, the AMA Foundation works to recognize a diverse cohort of medical students each year.

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The AMA’s inaugural Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship is a training fellowship program designed for physicians that seek to advance health equity in their communities. Sponsored by the AMA Center for Health Equity, the initiative is in collaboration with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine.