Finding Focus: Recruiting and Supporting Underrepresented Minority Trainees Starts With Faculty

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To the Editor: “Diversity and inclusion” is a salient phrase permeating U.S. academic centers. But what does that term mean when there are insufficient role model underrepresented minority (URM) trainees and faculty? The data regarding URMs in medicine are staggering and stagnant. While African Americans and Latinos constitute, respectively, 13% and 18% of the general population, together they make up only 5% of medical school faculty. Many believe that providers in the medical system should reflect the diversity in the population. For URM trainees, this diversity is often essential for successful professional identity formation.
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