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Comment & Response
March 19, 2014

Minority Faculty Development Programs at US Medical Schools—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Policylab, Center to Bridge Research, Practice, and Policy, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2014;311(11):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.854

In Reply Mr Deng and Ms Chen raise concerns that the categorization of Asian faculty as nonunderrepresented minority faculty obscures barriers that Asian faculty continue to face. We concur that the underrepresentation of Asian faculty in senior leadership positions is a cause for concern. However, Asian faculty are not underrepresented among medical school faculty relative to their proportion in the general population.1 In data from the 124 eligible schools included in our study, Asian faculty accounted for 15.0% of all faculty in 2010, including 12.7% of all new faculty hires, 15.5% of all faculty promotions, and 8.6% of all full professors.

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