PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The face of health care in America is changing.

Change is not always a bad thing. In fact in many cases it is good. If you look at the makeup of doctors in training, the biggest thing that jumps out is diversity.

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Here are some numbers: in 2009, 48% of students applying to medical school were women and 48% of students in the 2009 first year class of medical school happen to be women.

It doesn’t stop there—in graduate education, 45% of residents and fellows are women and 38% of physicians under 44 are women.

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This is dramatically different from twenty years ago.

There is also a more diverse mix from a cultural standpoint.a breakdown of the 2009 first year medical school class finds 65% white, 22% Asian, 7% Hispanic/Latino, and 7% black/African-American.

Diversity often leads to different thinking and, for patients, varied choices. So, ultimately it leads to better growth.

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Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor