Summary:

An article from the BMJ discussing the need for greater equality within medical education.

Article:

The covid-19 pandemic has not only disrupted lives, health systems, and economies, but has also brought many of the pre-existing inequalities into sharp focus. The disproportionate impact of covid-19 on those that are socially secluded e.g. the homeless, those with poorer socio-economic status, as well as ethnic minority groups has led many to call for greater health and social reform. [1,2,3]

These spotlight inequalities may have particular meaning for medical students as key representatives of the future healthcare workforce. As well as becoming doctors we are increasingly being given a platform from which to create change through leadership. A push to recruit medical students from diverse backgrounds in recent decades has also seen the demographic of doctors change considerably. This has meant a better understanding and representation of wider society and an ability to cater for different patients in different capacities.

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