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What Diversity Means

  • Sean A. Fletcher
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to: Sean A. Fletcher, MD, The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 600 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD, 21287.
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    The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and Department of Urology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
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      The AUA census data are seared into my mind: 2% of practicing urologists are Black; less than 4% are Hispanic.

      American Urological Association. The state of the urology workforce census book (2019). P27-28

      Such numbers have unfortunately become commonplace for myself and many other underrepresented minorities in medicine. My upbringing in the cultural melting pot of South Florida stands in stark contrast to my journey through college, medical school, and residency, where the number of my peers who look like me has dwindled at each step. But it does not have to be this way. Increasing diversity in the urologic workforce is of paramount importance, and it must start from the ground up. Repairing the leaky pipeline that supplies our specialty demands genuine investment in outreach to communities of color and support from stakeholders in power. We owe it to our patients to make this mission a top priority.
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      1. American Urological Association. The state of the urology workforce census book (2019). P27-28