Racial bias in the context of medical education

By: Milan Sheth, MA

Eastern Mennonite University

Despite gains regarding diversity in education over the past several decades, racial bias still persists, particularly within medical education. Black medical students are at a distinct disadvantage during the admissions process, the student loan process, and throughout their tenure in medical school. The following discussion explores the existence of racial bias in medical school admissions, among faculty members, and with student loans as well as the factors that may contribute to or alleviate racial bias in medical education.
Racial bias within medical education begins even before students attend their first class. Research suggests that individuals responsible for medical school admission decisions may hold implicit racial biases. Researchers associated with the Ohio State University College of Medicine administered the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to members of the medical school admissions committee. This test can reveal biases that may be outside of an individual’s conscious awareness. Results indicated…

 

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