AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2014, Volume 16, Number 6.

Ethics Poll

Does Race Matter in Medicine?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Do you prefer to have a physician of your same sex and self-identified racial or ethnic background?
Yes. Both matter to me.
I prefer to have a doctor of the same sex, but race/ethnicity does not matter to me.
I prefer to have a doctor of the same race/ethnicity, but the doctor’s sex does not matter to me.
Neither race/ethnicity nor sex enters into my choice of physicians.

Do you believe that race-based affirmative action in US higher education, that is, giving applicants from underrepresented minority groups special consideration in the admissions process, is the best way to make higher education available to more members of underrepresented minority groups?
Yes.
It is the only feasible and achievable approach. Creating educational parity in primary and secondary education is too difficult.
No. Race-based affirmative action in higher education doesn’t address the underlying causes of underrepresentation in higher education.
No. I don’t think the problem should be addressed at all.

Have you purchased (or would you) a direct-to-consumer genetic test that offered information about your ancestry?
Yes.
No.
Don’t know.

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