Diversity in medicine starts in medical school, study finds

New Haven, Conn.-based Yale researchers found inequities in the physician-scientist workforce begin during training.

Their study, published in JAMA Network Open, analyzed the research opportunities and publication rates of more than 31,000 medical school graduates who matriculated between 2014 and 2016.

Researchers found:

  • Women reported a higher number of research experiences than men but a significantly lower number of publications. 

  • Black and Hispanic students reported lower publication rates than white or Asian students.

  • Students who attended NIH's top 40 research-ranked schools reported higher numbers of research experience and publication counts compared with non-top 40 schools.

The findings suggest inequities in the physician-scientist workforce begin in training and require interventions such as mentorship and funding support to correct, according to the study.

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