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This Week in JAMA
September 2, 1998

This Week in JAMA

JAMA. 1998;280(9):763. doi:10.1001/jama.280.9.763

The ethnic and racial diversity of the US population is not mirrored by the composition of the medical profession; minority groups remain underrepresented in both academic medicine and clinical practice. In this issue, Barzansky and colleaguesArticle report that the number of minority group applicants to US medical schools for the class entering in 1997 declined 11.1% compared with 1996, and the number of minority students actually entering medical school in 1997 declined 8.4%. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Medical Education Program was created to improve medical school acceptance rates for minority students. Cantor and coworkersArticle found that participants in this 6-week intensive educational program were more likely to be accepted to medical school for the class entering in 1997 than minority nonparticipants. In a related study, Palepu and colleaguesArticle found that minority faculty were less likely than white faculty to attain senior academic positions, even after adjusting for years as a faculty member, peer-reviewed publications, and research grant funding.