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Denver, CO – The Colorado Medical Society (CMS) – the largest organization of physicians in Colorado, with over 7,000 members across all specialties, regions and practice settings – issued a statement following the United States Supreme Court affirmative action ruling striking down affirmative action in higher education.

The following statement is attributable to CMS President, Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA

"In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down affirmative action in higher education, we are concerned that a lack of diversity in medical schools may worsen health care outcomes for everyone. Great care starts with a strong patient-physician relationship. Medical literature and the bedside experience of our physician members demonstrate that being cared for by a physician who understands you or has a similar background or lived experience helps to improve health and combat health disparities.

"We support the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in their efforts to recruit students from underrepresented and historically marginalized populations to train the physician workforce of the future for Colorado.

"While the Supreme Court decision changes long-held legal precedent, it does not diminish the importance that Colorado Medical Society has and will continue to place on ensuring a diverse physician workforce."  


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