For Women of Color in Medicine, the Challenges Extend Beyond Education

The complexities of applying, a lack of mentorship, and struggles to navigate the system are just a few of the roadblocks

A cropped shot of a doctor, who is a woman of color, talking to a patient in her office.
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Because medical school applications are extremely selective, with institutional acceptance rates ranging from 3% to 12%, the pressure to conform to become the most attractive applicant is high.

It is not uncommon for women of color to be placed in positions of power in academic medicine, only to ultimately leave the field due to the extensive institutional barriers they encounter when they try to change the culture of medicine.

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