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Non-English languages underrepresented by residency applicants

Residency Program Insider, December 12, 2014

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Many of the languages spoken by 2013’s medical residency applicants don’t match the languages spoken by the more than 25 million U.S. residents with limited English proficiency (LEP), according to a research letter recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
 
Nearly 85% of applicants reported some proficiency in at least one language. The most common languages were Spanish, Hindi, and French. Comparing the languages reported by applicants to those most spoken by residents with LEP, the researchers found that there was an underrepresentation of applicants that spoke Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean.
 
According to the letter’s writers, having LEP may hinder some from participating in the U.S. healthcare system where English is the dominant language.
 
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association



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