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New Data on Impact of Racial and Ethnic Minority Physicians

Despite the increasing demographic shift toward diversity in the United States, physicians from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds continue to be underrepresented in the workforce, according to Diversity Data Snapshots.

The Relationship between Racial and Ethnic Diversity in a Class and Students' Perceptions of Having Learned from Others

Within higher education, institutional differences in racial-ethnic diversity are positively associated with educational benefits. This Analysis in Brief examines the relationship between student body racial and ethnic diversity and level of student agreement with statements about learning from individuals from different backgrounds. It seeks to establish whether educational benefits from small increases in diversity can be achieved regardless of initial diversity amounts. Results show that students in the most racially diverse graduating classes report the highest levels of agreement that they have learned from others who are different from themselves, and students in the least racially diverse classes report the lowest level of agreement that they have learned from others who are different from themselves. This study advances existing knowledge about benefits of diversity by focusing on associations between diversity and benefits of learning among the most diverse schools and among the least diverse schools. This information can facilitate schools' capacity to address benefits of their diversity policies.

iCollaborative Call for Submissions

MedEdPORTAL's iCollaborative is pleased to announce a partnership with the Group on Student Affairs

(GSA) and Careers in Medicine (CiM) to establish and promote a collection of practical medical school administrative tools that support Admissions, Diversity Affairs, and Student Affairs efforts. Resources of interest include guidelines/policy definitions, forms and templates for assessment, and advising tools.

AAMC's Directory of Diversity Affairs Representatives

If you need to locate a Student Diversity Affairs Representative, click here. All member contact information is accessible by using your AAMC account and password.  Please be aware, we provide member contact for networking and supporting collaborations among members.  Please do not use the contact to solicit products, services, or surveys.  It is very important to keep our member's information confidential.  Anyone wanting access to our member's information must contact our Member Services unit at

Note that there is a price.

Save the Dates! GDI/GSA/OSR National Spring Meeting April 26 - 29, 2014

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

The Call for Concurrent Session Presentations and Posters opened in November, so consider submitting!  Registration and program materials will be available in early January 2014 at meeting will feature an AAMC Medical School Career Fair, a pre-conference GSA Certificate Program Workshop and a community give-back activity.

Stay tuned for more details!

New Careers in Medicine Web Resource

A new resource on the AAMC Careers in Medicine Web site is designed to help students determine their competitiveness in a specialty during the residency application process. "Characteristics of EnteringResidents" provides information on board scores, research, volunteer and work experiences, and other relevant qualifications of first-year residents of the 2012-2013 academic year. Sixteen specialties are currently included, and more specialties and fellowships will be added over time.

Aspiring Docs DiariesSeeks Students with Inspiring Stories

Last year, Aspiring Docs launched a popular new blog on their website,, which was written by a first year medical student. Our endeavor was to give medical school aspirants an inside look at what it's like to be a medical student. This year, we're expanding the Diaries to include several bloggers across all four years of medical school. While we have a few students who have expressed interest, we'd like to feature more voices from our member medical schools to represent a wider perspective of experiences, pathways, and inspiration. If you know students who have inspiring stories and would be interested in participating, please tell them about this opportunity. We're hoping to find students who are able to blog once or twice a month but we are flexible and can work with their schedules.   Please have interested students contact us at

Aspiring Docs and FIRST Release FREE e-Guide for Pre-Med Students

A new online guide is available for pre-med students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

Quick Answers to Common Questions about Getting into Medical School is packed with answers to questions about preparing for medical school; applying, testing, financing; and what it's like to be in medical school. Also contained within the six chapters are links to additional resources for students who are pursuing their medical education. The e-Guide is a compilation of fact sheets from AAMC's FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) for Medical Education and Aspiring Docs initiatives.

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) Application Opens November 1. Details are available here.

Unconscious Bias Learning Lab for the Health Professions

Are you curious about the Unconscious Bias Learning Lab for the Health Professions, but are unsure about who should come, what the program will be like, and what experience you need to participate?

Click here to listen to a 30 minute Q&A call.

Howard Ross of Cook Ross, Inc. and workshop leader addresses exactly what you can expect during the lab and what takeaways you will receive. Cook Ross is one of the nation's leading diversity training consultants and the AAMC has partnered with them to offer this unique training program.

25thAnniversary of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

In 2014, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Summer Medical and Dental Education National Program Office (NPO) will celebrate a special milestone: the 25th Anniversary of the SMDEP and its previous iterations-MMEP and SMEP.

Several of our alumni, particularly those that participated in the early iterations of the program (MMEP and SMEP) have served on various leadership positions in your organizations and participated at your conferences and events.

We need your assistance to connect and engage them to share their stories.  We are looking for individuals who:

·    have compelling personal stories,

·    made significant contributions to their profession and their communities or

·    can speak to impact of the program on their career and lives.

Please use the Share your story feature on the SMDEP website to help us identify your leadership and members who participated in the program or send their contact information to Rennee Hubb at

Information about 25th Anniversary campaign activities is forthcoming.


NIH Loan Repayment Program - Pursue Your Financial Freedom

To assist in the recruitment and retention of biomedical or behavioral researchers, the NIH LRP offers qualified participants substantial assistance to repay educational loans. New LRP awards are made for two- year periods and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt annually. Participants may apply for competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years. Opportunities are available in five research areas: Clinical, Pediatric, Health Disparities, Contraception and Infertility, and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. Access the webinar, review Tips for Completing a Competitive Application or contact an NIH representative here.

NEW Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The W. Montague Cobb-NMA Health Institute has launched the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. The editor-in-chief is Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Connecticut, and the publisher is Springer. The journal reports on the scholarly progress of work to understand, address, and ultimately eliminate health disparities based on race and ethnicity. Efforts to explore underlying causes of health disparities and to describe interventions that have been undertaken to address racial and ethnic health disparities are featured. Promising studies that are ongoing or studies that have longer term data are welcome, as are studies that serve as lessons for best practices in eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. The journal is accepting original articles, solicited evolutionary reviews presenting the state-of- the-art thinking on problems centered on health disparities, and unsolicited review articles of timely interest. The first issue will be published in early 2014, and the journal is now accepting submissions. For more information, click here.

Save the Date! 2014 NAAHP National Meeting - June 25-29, 2014

The 2014 NAAHP Program Planning Committee invites NAAHP members, Advisory Council members, and others to submit concurrent session and poster proposals for the 21st National Meeting in San Francisco, CA,

June 25-29, 2014. Detailed information about the conference and online submission form are available here.


The American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research Announce Student Research Program

The SPR and APS offer a medical student research training program to encourage gifted medical students to consider careers in research related to pediatrics. This program is specifically designed for students seeking a research opportunity at an institution OTHER THAN THEIR OWN MEDICAL SCHOOL.

Students selected to the program are able to choose or are assigned to leading research laboratories/groups. Currently, our Directory of Laboratories/Research Groups lists research opportunities at more than 300 facilities. Each research experience allows the student to spend two to three months at 40 hours per week in a research environment. The program provides students with a stipend of $61.20/day (as of 2012) for a maximum stipend of $5,508. Learn more here.

Research Opportunity at NIH for Science Students: Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the

National Institutes of Health (NIH), is looking for science students with a passion to improve global health in the 21st century for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, held February 3-6, 2014, in Bethesda, Maryland.

We are looking for dedicated science students interested in joining the NIAID research community. Candidates who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible. Learn more   here.

American Heart Association Go Red for Women Health Care Scholarship

American Heart Association's Go Red for Women and Macy's, its national sponsor, are offering scholarships for a third year to multicultural women interested in health care careers. The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund will help assist diverse racial and ethnic women who are pursuing an education in the nursing, medical and allied health fields. A total of 16 women will receive a $2,500 scholarship to support them in their studies. Online applications are available now through Dec. 31, 2013. For an online application, requirements and more information, please visit Learn more here.

American Society of Hematology Research Experience for Medical Students: Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP)

The MMSAP engages medical students in the field of hematology by providing participants with a stipend to complete an eight to 12-week research experience in the lab of an ASH member. Participants also receive travel support to attend the ASH annual meeting and the guidance of two mentors. Mentoring begins during the application phase and continues throughout medical school and residency. This program is open to minority medical students from the United States or Canada who are enrolled in a DO, MD, or MD/PhD program. There is no fee to apply. Visit the ASH website at the address below for specific eligibility requirements.

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program Application Cycle Opens

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Competition System is open for applications to the HHMI

Medical Research Fellows Program. The program enables medical students at U.S. schools to participate in a yearlong, mentored, basic, translational, or applied biomedical research training experience at an academic or nonprofit institution other than the NIH, at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus near Washington, D.C., or at K-RITH in Durban, South Africa. For more information, click   here.

Baylor College of Medicine Announces 11thAnnual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student PoetryAwards

This annual contest honors the legendary, pre-eminent cardiovascular surgeon, pioneering medical scientist, gifted medical educator, prolific author and scholar, and passionate advocate of optimal healthcare throughout the world.  Dr. Michael E. DeBakey has long advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full, enriching intellectual life.


  1. Only original poetry on a medical subject and by undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited UnitedStates medical schools is eligible
  2. By a copy of the student photograph I.D. card, entrants must document enrollment in an accredited
  3. American medical school in pursuit of the M.D. degree
  4. Each medical student may submit only one poem, not to exceed 2 pages
  5. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2013
  6. Poems must be on a medical subject
  7. Poems must be:
  • Original, not published or under consideration for publication, and not having previously received a poetry award
  • Limited to 2 pages, double-spaced
  • In English; no translations from other languages
  • Printed on 8.5 x 11 inch bond paper
  • Accompanied by a cover page, with the following information:
  • Poet's name; current mailing and e-mailing addresses, telephone, and fax numbers if available; copy of photographed student I.D. card documenting medical school enrollment.
  • Submitted in five hard (print) copies, as well as one compact disk (CD) in Microsoft Word.

Entries will not be acknowledged.

A distinguished panel of qualified judges will assess the poems. Winners will be announced in July, 2014.

- The first prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00

- The second prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $500.00

- The third prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $250.00

The first-prize poem will become the property of the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards program and will be submitted to a major medical periodical for consideration for publication.  If it is accepted for publication, the publisher will own copyright.

Submissions should be sent to:

Dr. David H. Berger, Chairman, Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards

Attention: Holly Shilstone

Baylor College of Medicine

One Baylor Plaza, 404D, Mail Stop 390, Houston, Texas 77030


Despite Diversity Pushes, Minority Faculty Underrepresented in Medical Schools

Between 2000 and 2010, the overall number of underrepresented minority faculty at medical

schools across the country increased from 6.8 percent to 8 percent, but those faculty were still less likely to be promoted, less likely to hold senior faculty and administrative positions, and less likely to receive research awards from the National Institutes of Health, according to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

"Minority physicians and scientists have been inadequately represented among medical school faculty when compared with their representation in the U.S. population," the study says. "Although it is clear that efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion are increasing, it is not clear whether minority faculty development programs are effective in general at enhancing the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty."

Modest Increases in Minority Faculty Seen at Medical Schools

Underrepresented minority faculty made only modest gains in increasing their presence at U.S. medical schools from 2000 to 2010, according to a study published in JAMA. 

James P. Guevara, M.D., M.P.H., from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and colleagues conducted secondary analysis of the Association of American Medical Colleges Faculty Roster database to evaluate the percentage of underrepresented minority faculty (black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander) at U.S. medical schools. 

The researchers found that the percentage of underrepresented minority faculty increased from 6.8 percent in 2000 to 8.0 percent in 2010, across all schools. Twenty-nine percent of 124 eligible schools had a minority faculty development program in 2010. Minority faculty development programs were not associated with greater representation of minority faculty or promotion when adjusting for faculty and school characteristics. However, more intense development programs (present for at least five years and with more components) were associated with greater increases in underrepresented minority representation, compared to schools with less intense minority faculty development programs. 

UC-Riverside Offers Full-Ride Scholarships To Curb Doctor Shortage

In an effort to curb the state's physician shortage, one California university is offering full scholarships to certain medical students who agree to practice primary care in the surrounding community for five years after graduation,   CBS News reports.


Inducing Diversity in Medicine - Educators, Hospitals Work to Boost Ranks of Minority  Physicians

As a boy, Luis Bryan Dominguez 's main exposure to doctors came as a translator for his parents, Ecuadorian immigrants. He was 14 when his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer and not much older when cancer appeared in his prostate. Those visits yielded two major realizations - Dominguez wanted to be a doctor, and the medical profession needed more Spanish - speaking physicians. Now the Johnson C. Smith University biology and chemistry major shadows medical residents every week at a clinic near the campus. He will have hundreds of clinical hours under his belt when he graduates in 2015, making him more competitive among medical - school applicants. 

Obamacare & You: Many Rural Iowans Among Uninsured

All parts of Iowa are not created equal when it comes to health insurance. By national standards, the

economically stable state has a relatively low number of people without any health coverage - just 10.7 percent of the population under 65, according to 2010 Census data. But a closer look at the numbers shows that some Iowa counties are far needier, with up to 18 percent of those under 65 lacking insurance, based on the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates survey.

The question many experts in the state are now asking is whether President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will help reduce those numbers. The law was designed to drive down the number of people without health insurance, both through an expansion of Medicaid and with new health care marketplaces where people can shop for private coverage and apply for government aid to pay premiums. People can sign up for plans now, with coverage to start Jan. 1.

Obamacare & You: Coverage, Care Scarcer in Rural Areas

Nebraska is faring better than the nation when it comes to health insurance, but access to coverage may depend on where you live. While the number of uninsured is highest in Omaha and Lincoln, many rural Nebraska counties have larger proportions of residents who lack coverage. 

Nebraska's uninsured rate of 13.3 percent is lower than the national average and those of all its neighboring states, except Iowa. But a closer look shows the rates are far higher in many rural Nebraska counties, including eight where at least 20 percent of the population is uninsured.

UC Seeks Diverse Workforce

Increasing the number of doctors and nurses of color would not only increase the diversity of the region's health care providers, but could actually improve the region's health. At least that's what the University of Cincinnati's Academic Health Center is out to prove.

"We're trying to produce a health care workforce that addresses a community need," said Greer Glazer, dean of UC's College of Nursing. "It's an obligation we've got to try to prepare a diverse, culturally competent workforce, so we can make a contribution to better health outcomes."

Pulling a More Diverse Group of Achievers Into the Advanced Placement Pool

Every year, more than 600,000 academically promising high school students, most of them poor, Latino or Black, fail to enroll in Advanced Placement courses, often viewed as head starts for the college-bound. Some of them do not know about these courses, which offer an accelerated curriculum and can lead to college credit. Others assume they will be too difficult. But many are held back by entrenched perceptions among administrators and teachers, whose referrals are often required for enrollment, about who belongs in what has long served as an elite preserve within public schools.

Summer Fellowship Award for Minority Medical Students.

ASTRO, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, ASTRO is dedicated to improving patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy.

ASTRO's Healthcare Access and Training Subcommittee, dedicated to advancing the role of minorities in radiation oncology, has secured funding for two Minority Summer Fellowship Awards. The purpose of the award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Although medical students in all years are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

The 2014 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award offers each student a $3000 package that includes a $2400 stipend for an eight-week training program and $600 dollars to attend the ASTRO Annual Meeting the following year (2015).

Applications must be received by ASTRO no later than March 7, 2014. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more information and to review the application, visit our website at:

We are asking that you promote this award application to your minority students so that as many students as possible are made aware of the opportunity. If possible, please forward this letter to your marketing departments and the Minority Student Affairs office for promotion to students. Please feel free to post the hard copy application or to link to the application on our website via the link provided above.


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