Diversity in academic medicine no. 1: Case for minority faculty development today

Marc A. Nivet, Vera S. Taylor, Gary C. Butts, A. Hal Strelnick, Janice Herbert-Carter, Yvonne W. Fry-Johnson, Quentin T. Smith, George Rust, Kofi Kondwani

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Abstract

For the past 20 years, the percentage of the American population consisting of nonwhite minorities has been steadily increasing. By 2050, these non-white minorities, taken together, are expected to become the majority. Meanwhile, despite almost 50 years of efforts to increase the representation of minorities in the healthcare professions, such representation remains grossly deficient. Among the underrepresented minorities are African and Hispanic Americans; Native Americans, Alaskans, and Pacific Islanders (including Hawaiians); and certain Asians (including Hmong, Vietnamese, and Cambodians). The underrepresentation of underrepresented minorities in the healthcare professions has a profoundly negative effect on public health, including serious racial and ethnic health disparities. These can be reduced only by increased recruitment and development of both underrepresented minority medical students and underrepresented minority medical school administrators and faculty. Underrepresented minority faculty development is deterred by barriers resulting from years of systematic segregation, discrimination, tradition, culture, and elitism in academic medicine. If these barriers can be overcome, the rewards will be great: improvements in public health, an expansion of the contemporary medical research agenda, and improvements in the teaching of both underrepresented minority and non-underrepresented minority students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-498
Number of pages8
JournalMount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Volume75
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Public Health
Medicine
Delivery of Health Care
Medical Faculties
North American Indians
Administrative Personnel
Medical Schools
Medical Students
Reward
Hispanic Americans
African Americans
Biomedical Research
Teaching
Students
Health
Population
Discrimination (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Academic medicine
  • Diversity
  • Faculty development program
  • Medical faculty rank
  • Medical faculty tenure
  • Minority faculty
  • Underrepresented minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Nivet, M. A., Taylor, V. S., Butts, G. C., Strelnick, A. H., Herbert-Carter, J., Fry-Johnson, Y. W., ... Kondwani, K. (2008). Diversity in academic medicine no. 1: Case for minority faculty development today. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, 75(6), 491-498. https://doi.org/10.1002/msj.20079

Diversity in academic medicine no. 1 : Case for minority faculty development today. / Nivet, Marc A.; Taylor, Vera S.; Butts, Gary C.; Strelnick, A. Hal; Herbert-Carter, Janice; Fry-Johnson, Yvonne W.; Smith, Quentin T.; Rust, George; Kondwani, Kofi.

In: Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, Vol. 75, No. 6, 01.12.2008, p. 491-498.

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Nivet, MA, Taylor, VS, Butts, GC, Strelnick, AH, Herbert-Carter, J, Fry-Johnson, YW, Smith, QT, Rust, G & Kondwani, K 2008, 'Diversity in academic medicine no. 1: Case for minority faculty development today', Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 491-498. https://doi.org/10.1002/msj.20079
Nivet MA, Taylor VS, Butts GC, Strelnick AH, Herbert-Carter J, Fry-Johnson YW et al. Diversity in academic medicine no. 1: Case for minority faculty development today. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. 2008 Dec 1;75(6):491-498. https://doi.org/10.1002/msj.20079
Nivet, Marc A. ; Taylor, Vera S. ; Butts, Gary C. ; Strelnick, A. Hal ; Herbert-Carter, Janice ; Fry-Johnson, Yvonne W. ; Smith, Quentin T. ; Rust, George ; Kondwani, Kofi. / Diversity in academic medicine no. 1 : Case for minority faculty development today. In: Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 75, No. 6. pp. 491-498.
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