Promoting a Diverse and Culturally Competent Health Care Workforce

The Issue

With the nation’s population growing and becoming increasingly diverse, it is crucial that the physician workforce respond to changing demographics. The AAMC and its member institutions are dedicated to promoting an inclusive and culturally competent health and biomedical workforce—that supports improvements in health care, access to providers and health facilities, innovative breakthroughs in medical research, and equitable health for all patients regardless of their backgrounds.

Research demonstrates that diversity in the health professions leads to improvements in access to care for the underserved, enhanced learning environments that increase creativity and innovation for all students, and positive patient experiences and health outcomes. Diverse medical school classes do more than increase the diversity of the physician workforce; they also enhance the ability of the entire workforce to provide culturally and linguistically competent care for all people.

The Solution

The AAMC strives to ensure that medical education is accessible and affordable for students from all backgrounds. The AAMC supports policies that enable an inclusive and culturally competent workforce such as the Title VII pipeline and workforce development programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration; a balanced physician immigration system (including the J-1 and H-1B visas); and a permanent legislative solution allowing medical students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status to remain in the U.S. and complete their education and training.

We also support programs that improve access for our nation’s underserved communities and advance health equity, including the State Conrad 30, the National Health Service Corps, and other federal public service programs. 

To promote an inclusive learner and workplace environment within the academic medicine community that will enhance the benefits of a diverse workforce, the AAMC provides member-institutions with tools and resources to assist in building human capital and organizational capacity, and participates in a number of public health and diversity initiatives.

Learn More

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Resources

AAMC Statement on Announcement to Rescind DACA Executive Action (September 5, 2017)

AAMC Calls on President-elect Trump Not to Revoke DACA Executive Action Without Permanent Fix (December 9, 2016)

AAMC Letter to President Trump on Executive Action on DACA (December 8, 2016)

AAMC Letter in Support of DREAM Act (December 7, 2016)

Where Should We Stand on DACA? Flexner Would Answer the CallAAMCNews Viewpoint

Travel Ban Executive Order Resources

Executive Order on Immigration: Impact on Medical Education, Research, and Patient Care

AAMC Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and Resources

Diversity Policy and Programs

Diversity in Medical Education: Facts and Figures 2016

Policy Priorities to Improve Our Nation’s Health: Diversity and Inclusion

Advancing Holistic Review Initiative

AAMC Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery (AHEAD)

Urban Universities for HEALTH Initiative

Public Health Initiatives

Herbert W. Nickens Awards

Health Equity Research and Policy

Summer Health Professions Education Program

Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine