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AMA Apologizes for A History of Discrimination

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The American Medical Association is apologizing for its history of discriminating against black doctors. The organization kept most African Americans out for over a century. AMA ethicist Matthew Wynia says the association is now trying to address the health care inequalities it helped create.

WYNIA: The fact that we were so hard on black people who tried to become doctors has had really tremendous long-term implications for the diversity of the physician workforce.

The apology comes days before the publication of a study detailing bias and segregation in AMA’s history.

The AMA says it’s now encouraging more blacks to become physicians. The Chicago-based organization offers scholarships and support programs for minority students and doctors.

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