Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Lack of Black Doctors Traced to Pre-College Factors

Blacks make up only 8 percent of first year medical students while they are 15% of the total US population. The study found that poor quality education, lower school spending, higher poverty rates and lack of parental educational achievement are the primary factors for poor Black achievement in the health care field.

When the negative factors were controlled for Black were actually more likely to graduate from college. The authors speculate that some "leakage" of students in law and business (MBA) may be reducing the numbers.

You can read the press release here.

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