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Diversity is increasingly more recognized in health care jobs

December 18, 2018 - 3:00 am
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KYW’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Diversity is being recognized as a major issue in health care. Many medical schools, nursing schools and other training programs are considering diversity as they make acceptances. 

Diversity has many faces, including gender, race, disability, age, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and life experiences. The thought is that the more health care providers can model the backgrounds of their patients, the greater the opportunity for communication. 

Obviously there is a danger in accepting students based on diversity alone — and educational standards cannot be compromised — but assuming academic and personal achievements are relatively similar,  it is important to try to increase the diversity of those who care for patients when possible.