The proportion of black doctors has hardly changed since 1900

HealthDay News – The percentage of black doctors has increased slightly since 1900. This comes from a report published online April 19 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Dan P. Ly, MD, Ph.D., of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, used the long form of the decade from 1900 to 2000 and data from the American Community Survey from 2010 to 2018 to identify trends in to study the racial diversity of doctors and racial differences in their incomes. Data were included for 149,840 doctors, including 4,891 black doctors.

Ly notes that 11.6 percent of the population were black, but only 1.3 percent of doctors in 1900 were black. The corresponding proportions in 1940 were 9.7 and 2.8 percent, with 2.7 percent black male doctors and 0.1 percent black female doctors. Overall, 12.8 percent of the population were black in 2018, while only 5.4 percent of doctors were black (2.6 and 2.8 percent black men and black women, respectively). In 2018, the difference in median earnings between black and white male doctors was about $ 68,000 in 1960 and $ 50,000 in 2018. In each survey year, these differences in racial income were statistically significant.

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“If medical leadership is serious about making the medical workforce more representative of the general population, much more effective policies need to be designed and implemented,” Ly said in a statement.

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