Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Part of Professionalism and Ethics in Dermatology

Authors: Rithi J. Chandy, MS, Cristian C. Rivis, MS, Diem-Phuong D. Dao, BS, William Wei-Ting Huang, MD, MPH


The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Ethics Pledge is an opportunity for dermatologists to commit to a higher moral and ethical standard. The pledge has five components, with the latest added in 2021, to “support diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI).1 This addition emphasizes that DEI, professionalism, and ethics are intertwined. Because the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, understanding the role of DEI in dermatology and gleaning insights from other medical specialties are essential to address existing disparities, promote medical professionalism, and foster an inclusive dermatology workforce.

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