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The disproportionate effect of the novel coronavirus on African Americans and communities of color has shone a new light on the more than century-old struggle to increase the number of Black physicians in the US. Today, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Black physicians account for 5% of all physicians even though African Americans comprise 13% of the US population. Only 1626 (7.4%) of the 21 863 students who entered medical school in 2019 were Black, roughly the same ratio as the last 15 years.1
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Corresponding Author: Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Dr, Atlanta, GA 30310 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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