Recognizing National Latino/a Physician Day
Today we approach the mid-point of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana) celebrations, during which we recognize the rich history, culture, achievements, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino/a Americans in the United States.
Hispanic or Latino/a Americans comprise 19–20% of the overall U.S. population––almost 65 million Americans strong. Hispanic individuals, who have a shared cultural and linguistic heritage linked to Spain or the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries of the Americas, may be of any race and are the largest and fastest-growing minority groups in the United States.
Despite numerous outstanding contributions to medicine, only 6% of physicians are Latino or Latina in the U.S.
On October 1, 2022 we join in celebrating the inaugural National Latino/a Physician Day (NPLD).