Saturday, February 09, 2013

Pacific Islander America: Pacific Islanders underrepresented among medical doctors in Hawaii

Last week we shared the great news that National Medical Fellowships Inc is opening up both of its underrepresented minority scholarships to Pacific Islanders, after hearing from the Pacific Islander Access project. Just days later, I found this article while surfing a news site based in my home state.

The data point in the article: in the State of Hawaii, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders make up roughly 25 percent of the state population, but comprise only 4 percent of the state's physicians. In other words, Pacific Islanders are represented in the state's physician profession at a rate over six time lower than their overall population rate.

This mirrors data we shared with National Medical Fellowships Inc regarding the national underrepresentation of Pacific Islanders in medical professions, especially physicians.

Mahalo again to National Medical Fellowships Inc for making the right choice!


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