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Black professionals remain underrepresented on the faculty of the US Medical School

HealthDay News – According to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Jan.

Christopher L. Bennett, MD, and Albee Y. Ling, Ph.D., of Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., Used the Association of American Medical Colleges Faculty List to examine trends in faculty ratio from 1990 to 2020 of the United States Medical School, which identified itself as Black or African American by gender, academic rank, and clinical specialty.

The researchers found that 2.68 percent of medical schools in the United States identified themselves as Black or African American in 1990, up from 3.84 percent in 2020. This increase was mainly driven by an increase in self-identified black or African American female faculties (0.96 versus 2.32.) Percent; Difference 1.36 percentage points). Assistant professors represented the largest group of self-identified black or African-American lecturers and recorded the largest increase (1.38 versus 2.27 percent; difference 0.89 percentage points). Fourteen majors had fewer than 5 percent of faculties that identified themselves as Black or African American in 2020, with Obstetrics and Gynecology having the highest percentage (8.50 percent) and ENT medicine the lowest (1.96 percent) . Nine specialties have changed by less than 1 percent in the last 30 years. No specialty had proportions comparable to current estimates of the US population of 13.4 percent.

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“One of the study restrictions is that faculty self-disclosure of multiple races has increased over time,” the authors write. “Even if this contributed to the rise of the black or African-American faculty, the inadequacy of the representation is evident to this day.”

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Health disparity in general medicine

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