“One strategy has focused on recruitment as early as elementary school to build the bachelors to doctorate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine pipeline. But more data are needed to determine efficacy and cost-effectiveness of these efforts. While efforts to diversify physician workforce are underway, there needs to be better guidance on strategies and best practices for retaining our URM physicians, as well as caring for minority ethnic people irrespective of physician identities.
Among the 17 authors included in the edition, two are Department of Medicine faculty.
Sotto is Vice-chair for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and Vice-chair for Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion. She said she was excited to be guest editor for this edition, and enjoyed the privilege of reading excellent work on this topic.
“It was an honor to take this project on, and I was grateful for the opportunity to contribute to equity in academic medicine,” she said. “It has also given me a look at the peer-review and editorial process. Lesson #1: It is hard to find reviewers!”
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Hannah Calkins is the communications manager for the Department of Medicine.