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This Week in JAMA
September 6, 2000

This Week in JAMA

JAMA. 2000;284(9):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.284.9.1061

Concept mapping may be a useful tool to assess the conceptual framework of resident physicians.

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Despite initiatives to promote racial and ethnic diversity among physicians, minorities continue to be underrepresented among students and faculty in US medical schools. Using data from the Association of American Medical Colleges' Faculty Roster System, Fang and coauthorsArticle found that among medical school faculty members who became assistant or associate professors between 1980 and 1989, minority faculty were less likely than white faculty to be promoted by 1997. In a survey of medical school deans or directors of admissions, Kondo and JuddArticle found that on average there were 4.1 minority members per admission committee, but 11 of the 85 respondent schools had no minority committee members. In a commentary, BergenArticle asserts that US medical schools have a responsibility to create opportunities for qualified minority medical students and faculty.

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