Minority MDs in short supply

A recent report by the Centers for Health Workforce Studies finds that the number of minority doctors in New York state is still not in line with the state's proportion of minorities. "African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos and Native Americans make up 30 percent of the population but only 10 percent of the physician work force," notes The Business Review (Albany), while Asian Americans are over-represented in the physician work force. This is a problem because having a less diverse work force may alienate certain groups who prefer to use a doctor of their own background. In addition, minority doctors are more likely to practice in in-demand areas of medicine, such as primary care.

For more on minorities in medicine:
- read this report