Diversity in California’s Health Professions: Physicians


Tim Bates, Susan A. Chapman

May 2008

Increasing racial and ethnic diversity in California’s physician workforce is a key component in the ongoing effort to address health disparities associated with race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. New physician workforce data show that despite decades of efforts to achieve this goal, little progress has been made. This issue brief is one in a series of briefs presenting a profile of California’s current and projected population, selected health professions, and trended data describing selected health professions education programs in the state. In this brief we present data describing key characteristics of the state’s physician workforce including age, gender, race/ethnicity and income, and trended enrollment data describing gender and race/ethnicity for first-year enrollments in California’s eight MD programs.