Sunday, February 07, 2010

The ethnicity distribution of physicians

The table lists the percent of American physicians by ethnic group:


The ratios are the share of physicians in each group compared to their share of the total population. Americans of Scottish descent and especially those of Jewish and Asian Indian are overrepresented among doctors. There are disproportionately low numbers of blacks, Americans of Germans and Irish background, and the sample has no Mexican American doctors.  


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw a study in 2000, about this for quantifying the percentage of high school students from each ethnicity who end up as MDs

1 in 20 Asian Indians become MDs
1 in 66 Chinese become MDs
1 in 200 Whites become MDs
1 in 500 Blacks become MDs
1 in 1000 Hispanics become MDs

Of course the Black and Hispanic numbers are boosted by Affirmative Action

wreaver said...

I'm noticing a pattern here with German Americans (given this post and previous posts of yours).

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