Effects of Cultural Diversity on Medical Education and Practice
The debate raging over the means to and ends of diversity extends far beyond its implications for our health care system. Advocates for affirmative action see the promotion of diversity in education and the workplace not only as being in society's present and future interest, but also as a means to correct past social injustices. Opponents view diversity-promoting mechanisms as nothing more than reverse discrimination through the establishment of quotas that are blind to merit. As this debate about diversity rages on, it is critical that all discussants have greater clarity and understanding of several key questions. How do we define diversity? Given an accepted definition of diversity, what is its value to society? If society deems diversity of substantial value, how do we achieve this goal?