Rx for health care inequities: More health professionals of color

In summary

Mistrust in the health care system by people of color persists, which is why we need more doctors and nurses who look like the people they’re treating.

By David M. Carlisle, Special to Calmatters

Dr. David M. Carlisle is president and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, president@cdrewu.edu.

When I was a young doctor, an older faculty colleague – like me, an African-American – made a request that I thought was unusual. He asked me to be his personal physician. 

I said I would but reminded him that, since I was a researcher, it was unlikely, should he need to go to the hospital, that I’d be the doctor who would make rounds on him on the floor and manage his day-to-day care. 

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