From 2006 to 2008, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine interviewed and surveyed former participants in the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program about their program experience, their subsequent career and the relationship between the two.
The program, now named the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) since 1983. It provides four-year research awards to young, highly qualified minority physicians committed to a career in academic medicine.
The purpose of this research project was not to evaluate the program but to identify components that might translate into policy strategies to attract, retain and support minority physicians on medical school faculties.
Preliminary Findings and Policy Implications: The following were among the preliminary findings of the study based on survey responses from 69 former program fellows, reported by the project director in November 2008 (work on a final report was ongoing as of March 2009).