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Why More Non-White Doctors Are Needed

Non-white patients have poorer health and get less effective care than white Americans. The problem is complicated, but part of the answer is simple: more minority doctors. Recently, Dr. Edith Mitchell got a call from a resident needing help with a belligerent patient in the emergency room of the hospital where she is an oncologist. The patient, an African American man, had passed out from blood loss from what turned out to be colorectal cancer. The resident had told the man he would first need a blood transfusion to stabilize his condition and would later need chemotherapy.