There is some truth behind the stereotype of the Asian American doctor. Asian Americans make up 7% of the US population, but represent more than 17% of practicing physicians—making them the largest minority in the field, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Yet for all the running jokes about Asian parents hoping, wishing, and praying that their offspring enter the medical profession, Asian Americans are actually not remotely as interested in being on the other side of the doctor’s desk. According to a study published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine, they are the ethnic group that’s least likely to see specialists.
The study, which compares the rates of specialist visits between race and ethnicities, found that all minorities are underrepresented in access to most specialized medical visits, reflecting overall inequalities in healthcare.