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Disparities in healthcare remain a major issue, and the lack of diversity in medical illustrations and images - which are ubiquitous in clinical practice and medical education - undoubtedly contributes to this. Furthermore, a growing body of literature speaks not only to the subjective but also the objective impact of images on healthcare delivery. This impact includes that on patients, medical trainees, and healthcare providers and their perceptions about healthcare equality. To advance equitable care, images should accurately represent the racial composition of the populations served.
The Medical Inclusion and Diversity Art Program (MIDAP) aims to address and promote diversity and representation of all kinds (race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability, and socioeconomic status) in the illustrations and visual artwork used in medical books, scientific literature, training, and patient engagement activities. MIDAP is a partnership between the International Center for Genetic Disease (iCGD) along with several of its component institutions (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine) - and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt).