Study on how to successfully support diversity in academic medicine

The racial and ethnic composition of the health care workforce does not reflect the diversity in the U.S. general population; these disparities extend to academic medical institution faculty. Historically underrepresented minorities comprise 4 percent of all medical school faculty and less than 5 percent of all new academic faculty. In addition, minority faculty report less career satisfaction and are promoted at lower rates than their white colleagues. This grant supports a qualitative study of former fellows of the Foundation's Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program and will characterize the experiences and structures that have facilitated or hindered the professional success of the participants surveyed. Approximately 30 to 40 former program participants will be interviewed, and a report will be produced and shared with the program's National Program Office. It is expected that any policy recommendations will also be compiled into a peer-reviewed piece for publication. The project will be considered successful if the insights gained from this study can help identify elements of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program that meet the needs of participants and those that can be improved. It will also be considered successful if important policy implications regarding successful diversification of the physician workforce are communicated broadly to the field of academic medicine as well as to policy-makers.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $49,868.00

Awarded on: 8/2/2006

Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2008

Grant Number: 56814


Yale University School of Medicine

333 Cedar Street
P.O. Box 208055
New Haven, 06520-8055


Marcella Nunez-Smith
Project Director