The November 2011 issue of Academic Medicine includes 15 essays in response to the 2011 Question of the Year posed by the Editor-in-Chief, Steven L. Kanter, MD: What improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations? One hundred and twenty authors from around the country submitted essays in response and Ohio State University’s Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, Associate Dean of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio State’s College of Medicine had his essay included among 15 selected for publication.
In addition, Dr. McDougle was one of seven authors invited to present their essay at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, November 6, 2011. Dr’s. McDougle, Lu and Castro state in their opening sentence, “Academic health centers (AHCs) that embrace faculty diversity as a central and essential aspect in their patient care, education, and research missions will lead the nation toward achieving health equity.”
Groups that are underrepresented in medicine constitute just 7.5% of the total medical school faculty in the US even though these groups constitute 30.0% of the overall population. In this one page essay the authors describe the many benefits of and make the clear case for faculty diversity in medicine. “Diversity drives excellence, adds value, advances institutional missions, and ultimately improves the health of all, whether through training, research, or direct patient care. Adopting the appropriate practices—from hiring faculty to monitoring progress—will enable AHCs to lead the nation and world in solving the most difficult health care challenges of the 21st century.”
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