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Challenges in changing the face of medicine: Commentary on “Diversity, equity, and inclusion in presidential leadership of academic medical and surgical societies”

      We read the article “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Presidential Leadership of Academic Medical and Surgical Societies” and laud the authors on their attempts to objectively quantify diversity efforts within leadership positions of national medical and surgical societies.
      • Kearse L.E.
      • Witt A.K.
      • Goll C.K.
      • et al.
      Diversity, equity, and inclusion in presidential leadership of academic medical and surgical societies.
      Most national medical organizations cite diversity, equity, and inclusion as a pillar within their mission statements, but measurable efforts to live up to these words are sometimes lacking. The authors demonstrate how commitment to these values can be measured both quantitatively and qualitatively. Such metrics also allow for comparisons between organizations and facilitate a level of accountability.
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        • Kearse L.E.
        • Witt A.K.
        • Goll C.K.
        • et al.
        Diversity, equity, and inclusion in presidential leadership of academic medical and surgical societies.
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