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Importance of Diversity in Medicine: Effects of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on College Admissions

“Physicians take an oath to ‘do no harm,'” authors write in discussing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in college admissions. “The cessation of prevailing admissions policies may further harm members of society who have long experienced injustices. We remain firm in our conviction that diversity, especially diversity of thought and culture, is invaluable. Over several decades, the environments in which we learn and practice medicine and conduct research have gradually become more equitable, and medicine has improved as both a profession and a practice. We must not allow a return to the dark era of medicine, when the profession did well for some patients and little for others. As leaders in medicine, we are bound by the ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. Accordingly, although we will comply with the Court’s decision, we remain committed to the laudable and cardinal goal of achieving a diverse student body and workforce. Medical education must be steadfast and relentless in this pursuit, which will render medicine more just, fair, and equitable. Our patients — all our patients — deserve no less.”

Source: New England Journal of Medicine