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More Recruiting of Underrepresented Minorities Needed at U.S. Medical Schools, Study Says
Date:1/28/2010

Despite initiatives, level of diversity among faculty, practitioners still remains markedly low when compared with U.S. population, U-M researchers say

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of underrepresented minorities among U.S. medical school faculty remains low, even as the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse.

And the level of underrepresented minorities currently being trained in medicine is unlikely to reverse those trends, according to a U-M analysis and commentary published this month in the journal Gastroenterology.

Underrepresented minorities that were primarily addressed include Black or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians, Alaskan or Hawaiian natives and other Pacific Islanders.

"The low representation and the stagnation of the numbers of Black and Hispanic faculty in U.S. medical schools is troubling," said Juanita Merchant, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the departments of Internal Medicine   and Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan.

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