One of the biggest challenges in medicine today is recruiting minority physicians to better reflect our increasingly diverse society. Currently, less than 9 percent of U.S. physicians are from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.

I am pleased to report that ASA has joined the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation to address this challenge head on, providing medical student tuition assistance scholarships through the Minority Scholars Award (www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/ama-foundation/our-programs/medical-education/minority-scholars-award.page).

In May 2016, the AMA Foundation presented 21 outstanding medical students from across the country with Minority Scholars Awards. One of the awardees, Elizabeth Dalchand, is a first-year medical student at Stony Brook School of Medicine with an interest in anesthesiology.

She plans to pursue a career in critical care medicine and hopes to one day take care of patients in her hometown of Jamaica, New York. Her...

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