Considerations for Racial Diversity in the Cardiology Workforce in the United States of America

While cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects people of all demographics, there are pervasive race-based disparities in cardiac outcomes especially among Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans. Current equity efforts have been somewhat effective, but have not fully achieved their goal; in this paper, the authors, of which include past PISC trainee Alison Culyba, MD, PhD, MPH, assert that a more diverse cardiology workforce is essential to closing this healthcare gap. The benefits of such a goal include improved learning experiences for students, better patient care and health outcomes, and higher-quality research. The authors also provide strategies for achieving this goal, such as increasing the number of minorities in medical education, clinical faculty, and biomedical research. "Addressing race-based differences in health care and medical education starts with addressing unjust institutional policies in medicine," the authors write, "Now more than ever, the optimization of CVD outcomes requires diversification of the cardiology workforce."

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