STAT December 3, 2021
Ian Tong

As a third-generation Black physician who has experienced firsthand discrimination from health care providers, I wish I could say medicine has changed since my grandparents’ days. But it really hasn’t.

When my grandparents and parents practiced medicine, Black doctors represented only 3% of providers. Today, I am one of the 5% of providers across the U.S. who identify as Black or African American. I’ve spent a large portion of my career being an advocate, educating myself and others, and illuminating the unconscious bias that pervades our health care system. More often than not, I’ve received push back from fellow providers and health care administrators, with many feeling it wasn’t their problem. Instead, it is “my problem.”

Numerous initiatives have been...

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