“Dr. Jack Ludmir, a leader in medicine in Philadelphia through his current role as vice president of physician engagement and integration and associate provost for community and global initiatives at Jefferson Health, noted that, though the U.S. Latino population has been increasing, and is projected to number over 50 million by 2050, the representation of Latinos in medicine is decreasing. “The issue is the pipeline,” Ludmir said. The physician ventured that “instead of sitting in our bastions and beautiful places like this one, and waiting for people to come to us,” medical professionals need to increase their outreach to young children in North Philadelphia and other areas to create more mentoring relationships. Part of the problem, he noted, is the “cycle of poverty,” which makes it more difficult for Latino students to prepare for the MCAT test required for admission into medical school.”

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