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Surgeon general calls for more minorities in medicine

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 4, 2009

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said during a conference on health disparities in Atlanta that the nation must reverse the downward trend of minorities attending medical, dental and nursing schools. Benjamin said the recent downward trend in minority admissions follows years of gains in these areas. She cited a study that said minorities make up only 6% of U.S. physicians, and she lamented that the percentage was the same in 1910, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.