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Black Physicians' Experience with Race: Should We Be Surprised?

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH; and Andrea E. Reid, MD, MPH
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From Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford Street, 9th Floor, Suite 901, Boston, MA 02150; e-mail, jbetancourt@partners.org.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Betancourt: Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford Street, 9th Floor, Suite 901, Boston, MA 02150.

Dr. Reid: Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 First Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(1):68-69. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-146-1-200701020-00013
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Surveys done over the past 3 years show that minorities have drastically different perspectives on race and race relations in the United States than their white counterparts (1). For instance, African Americans are more likely than whites to feel personally discriminated against in public life and at their place of employment, less likely to feel that they have equal job opportunities, and less likely to feel that race relations in the United States are “somewhat good” or “very good.” Even as ground is broken in our nation's capital for the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, African Americans are less likely than whites to feel that the United States is making significant progress toward achieving King's dream of racial equality.


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