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Increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the ophthalmology CaRMS selection process: ACUPO recommendations

Published:August 31, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjo.2022.08.004
      A diverse physician workforce is important to improve access to care, cultural competency, and patient satisfaction. In the United States, lack of physicians from underrepresented in medicine (URiM) groups in the ophthalmology workforce has been identified among residents (7.7%), practicing ophthalmologists (6.0%), and academic faculty (5.7%) compared with the general population (30.7%).
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      National evaluation of racial/ethnic discrimination in US surgical residency programs.
      As of this writing, there is a lack of information on racial and ethnic diversity within ophthalmology in Canada. In terms of sex diversity, there are more male (75.7%) Canadian ophthalmologists in the workforce than females (24.3%). However, in 2019, 58.7% of ophthalmology residents were male and 41.3% were female, indicating movement toward parity with respect to sex assigned at birth.

      Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry (CAPER). I-3 Time series—most recent five years. Field of post-M.D. training and gender excluding visa trainees [Internet]. N.d. Available at: https://caper.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/census-tables/2019.i-3.pdf (accessed July 7, 2021).

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