Castor Introduces Resolution to Recognize Need for DEI in Medical Field

Castor Introduces Resolution to Recognize Need for DEI in Medical Field

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
May 3, 2024

Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) has introduced a resolution recognizing the relevance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the medical field, specifically medical education. The resolution was brought forward by Rep. Castor alongside Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), the co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus DEI Task Force.

The legislation looks to “affirm the need for a health care workforce that mirrors the nation’s diverse patient populations to advance health equity throughout the United States” and “commit to supporting DEI programs and academic freedom at medical education institutions.”

Rep. Castor’s press release details a survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges which showcases that only 13% of practicing U.S. physicians are Black or Hispanic.

The Florida congresswoman believes that resolutions such as this one can “close the gaps” in the field.

“The health and well-being of all Americans depends on medical professionals who understand and respond to the needs of their diverse patients. Understanding biases, racial discrimination, and historic barriers to diagnosis and care are vital parts of medical education and training today. A highly-competent and diverse health care workforce helps avoid mistreatment and close the gaps in health disparities,” said Castor.

She continued, “As Co-Chair of the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus, I value graduate medical physician training that emphasizes culturally-competent care for patients from a variety of backgrounds so that patients feel respected, safe and understood, and receive the high quality care they need. Rep. Beatty’s strong leadership in support of a robust and diverse medical workforce is vital at a time when some seek to dismiss the role that diversity, equity and inclusion play in positive patient outcomes and the quality of health care delivered.”

Furthermore, Rep. Beatty added that attempts to quell DEI efforts are based on politics and not a “meaningful academic discourse” on the subject.

“Attempts to stymie diversity in medical education and training prioritize intolerance over innovation and only serve to worsen the health disparities that persist in this country. This tactic legislates a political narrative instead of engaging in an evidence-based debate, suppressing meaningful academic discourse and perpetuating systemic barriers to health equity,” said Congresswoman Beatty. “Research has conclusively proven that diversity in medicine leads directly to greater access to health care and better health outcomes for all Americans. With the endorsement of several medical organizations, I am proud to introduce this resolution alongside Congresswoman Castor to unequivocally support, defend, and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education in the face of baseless efforts to eliminate these core pillars.”

The Florida congresswoman represents Florida’s 14th District.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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