Letter to the Editor

Do Teaching-Focused Medical Schools Perpetuate the Thinking That Black Faculty Should Not Be Researchers?

Authors: Cassandra Acheampong, PhD, Kendall M. Campbell, MD, José E. Rodríguez, MD


To the Editor: In attempts to address concerns about a physician shortage, there has been an increase in the number of US medical schools. Many of these schools are community based and have been created with a focus on teaching to increase the numbers of primary care physicians and a strong commitment to social mission.1 Some schools even have historically high black student and black faculty representation.2

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