Doctors' Group Apologizes to Black Physicians : News & Views The American Medical Association, the largest physicians' group in the United States, apologized to black doctors for a history of racial discrimination.

Doctors' Group Apologizes to Black Physicians

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The American Medical Association, the largest physicians' group in the United States, has apologized to black doctors for "policies and practices in the past that discriminated against African American physicians."

Reuters has more:

The apology arose from the work of an independent panel of experts commissioned in 2005 to study the history of what the AMA called "the racial divide in organized medicine."

... Details of the AMA panel's work will be released next week on the Web site of the association's Institute for Ethics to coincide with publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Nelson Adams, president of the National Medical Association which represents black physicians in the United States, said the NMA was founded in 1895 because of the AMA's discrimination.

"Black doctors couldn't be members of the American Medical Association," Adams said in a telephone interview.

"AMA looked the other way when local medical associations worked to exclude most black physicians from becoming members. Back then and even as recently as the early '70s, in order to get hospital privileges, lots of times you had to be a member of the county medical society," Adams said.

"If you couldn't get on the county medical society, you couldn't get hospital privileges," he said.

If you are/were a doctor who faced discrimination by the AMA, we'd like to hear your story.

Plus, what significance do apologies like these carry?