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J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 2001 Jul-Aug;10(6):541-50.

Promoting the advancement of minority women faculty in academic medicine: the National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA.


Minority physicians provide care in a manner that promotes patient satisfaction and meets the needs of an increasingly diverse U.S. population. In addition, minority medical school faculty bring diverse perspectives to research and teach cross-cultural care. However, men and women of color remain underrepresented among medical school faculty, particularly in the higher ranks. National data show that although the numbers of women in medicine have increased, minority representation remains essentially static. Studying minority women faculty as a group may help to improve our understanding of barriers to diversification. Six National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health used a variety of approaches in addressing the needs of this group. Recommendations for other academic institutions include development of key diversity indicators with national benchmarks, creation of guidelines for mentoring and faculty development programs, and support for career development opportunities.

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