Discontentment And Discrimination In Medical Education

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Patients who sense this feeling of disapproval or discrimination do not make the easiest of patients to treat; the patient’s eventual discontentment and mistrust feeds into the provider’s stereotypical attitude regarding the patient which leads to further biased treatments. This produces a cycle of repetitiveness which has the greater chance of ending when the provider is becomes aware of his/her own biases. To help control this feedback loop, the employment of more healthcare professionals which represent the community of the patients being treated is necessary. To better understand this concept one can draw from a recent report from the Sullivan Commission that shows 25 percent of the nation’s population are minorities (African Americans, …show more content…
This report gained nation-wide acceptance by many, including the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA’s council on Medical Education lobbied for tougher curriculum and strict requirement to receive a state medical license that included graduating from approved medical schools. This report and the following support of it reframed the America’s healthcare system; as a result more than more than 50% of the medical institutions closed. The cost of medical education sharply increased to offset the cost of improving the quality of the remaining medical institutions. Although, the medical institutions were better off with a more robust curriculum and better equipped facilities, lots of damaged was done to the demographics of who would now be able to afford this education. According to Ziem (as cited by Nelson et al., 2003), “Many poorer, part-time, and night students found economic barriers to medical education insurmountable, and the proportion of students from working class and poor families remained steady at approximately 15% for most of the 20th century…Medical education therefore was largely limited to a predominantly upper-class, white, and male population” (page, 107). Ziem also implied that eventually there were only two medical institutions that existed which excepted blacks, those two were Howard University and Meharry Medical

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