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Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Dec 17;73(8):152.

Fostering and managing diversity in schools of pharmacy.

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School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, CA 93701-2302, USA.


Organizational benefits of diversity in the workplace have been well documented. In health professions, however, diversity-related research traditionally has focused on the effect of diversity on health care disparities. Few tools exist describing the benefits of diversity from an organizational standpoint to guide pharmacy administrators and faculty members in nurturing and developing a culture of diversity. Given the scarcity of pharmacy specific data, experience from other academic areas and national/international diversity reports were incorporated into this manuscript to supplement the available pharmacy evidence base. This review summarizes the benefits of diversity from an academic organizational standpoint, discusses the issues administrators and faculty members must consider when developing programs, and provides guidance on best practices in fostering and managing diversity.


cultural competence; diversity; health care disparities; minority

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