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Chad Allen Presentation

Chad Allen, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Professor of English spoken at the December meeting of the SOM Diversity Committees.  Professor Allen is a specialist in Native American and global Indigenous studies and joined the University of Washington as associate vice provost for faculty advancement on Aug. 17, 2015.  Most recently, he was a professor of English and associate dean for faculty and research in the Division of Arts and Humanities at The Ohio State University’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Allen Presentation

AAMC Issues New Report on Declining Number of Black Males Entering Medical School

An important new AAMC report, Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine, details the decline of black males applying to and attending medical school since 1978. While many initiatives and programs supported by foundations, medical schools, and government have contributed to increasing diversity in the physician pipeline, the number of applicants from one major demographic group—black males—has not increased since that year.

The AAMC sought to understand the decline in black males applying and matriculating to medical school by gathering the perspectives of black premedical students, physicians, researchers, and leaders. The interviews explored factors that may contribute to low application rates, experiences along the career pathway, and the role of academic medicine in altering the course of black males in medicine.

The AAMC will release the publication to the public on the morning of Monday, August 3, in advance of a town hall discussion during the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual meeting in Detroit. The town hall will feature leaders from the AAMC, the NMA, and four of the nation’s historically black medical colleges.

For more information about Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine, please contact Norma Poll-Hunter, PhD, AAMC senior director of human capital initiatives, at npoll@aamc.org or (202) 862-6115

Is being Hispanic a matter of race, ethnicity or both?

The Pew Research Center released a report on how Latinos prefer to identify themselves with respect to ethnicity and race. There is an ongoing debate about whether Hispanic/Latino should be treated as a race category or as a separate ethnicity category in survey research. This report suggests that including Hispanic/Latino as a race category may be preferred.

You can find the report here: http://pewresearch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=434f5d1199912232d416897e4&id=2b689f6b37&e=9b2d1d621

Latino Chart


First Day of UW-SMDEP 2015


Today is a very special day for CEDI.  Today is the first day of the SMDEP program.  SMDEP is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.  The program brings 80 rising freshman and sophomore students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to UW for a 6 week intensive program.  These students were selected from over 800 applicants to our program.  They were selected based on their academic performance, personal statements and recommendations.  Over the six weeks, students take classes and in the basic sciences, attend professional and personal development workshops and seminars, visit basic science labs, observe surgeries, visit migrant camps and walk through neighborhoods to learn about environmental and built environment factors associated with health disparities.  Of the students that have participated in SMDEP the past 5 years, approximately 1/3 have matriculated in medical or dental school.  If you have the opportunity, please help us welcome these fantastic students to UW.

IWRI’s Indigenous Elders-in-Residence Program

During Winter Quarter 2015, the IWRI National Center of Excellence hosted more than ten Indigenous Elders from Washington and Alaska over a period of nine weeks. This very successful program, one of only a couple of university- or tribal college-based Elders-in-residence programs in the United States, enriched all who participated in it.  The Indian Health Issues elective offered by CEDI during winter quarter benefited from having the elderly participate in class.  This program was support in part by the School of Medicine and CEDI.

Read the full article: http://iwri.org/news/?p=43770

Cultural Fit and Hiring Decisions

A New York Times op-ed piece published this weekend comments on the role of “cultural fit” in hiring decisions.  The article focuses on the role of cultural fit in hiring within the private sector, but many of the observations found in this article apply to academic settings as well.  The article’s main point is that when interpersonal similarities between an employer and potential employee are substituted for fit between the organization’s culture and a potential employee, organizations lose the benefits of diversity.

Here is a link to the article.


NIH Publishes Guidance on use of Culture in Research

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) of the NIH recently released a report on the use of culture in behavioral health research.  The report introduces a framework that researchers can use to consider culture comprehensively, as a dynamic, multivariable construct.  Many of the issues the use of culture in contemporary research are discussed.  Better measures that more accurately capture culture are called.  You can find the report here.

Shortage of Latino Physicians in the US is Increasing

Shortage of Latino Physicians in the US is Increasing

A recent article in Academic Medicine documents the growing shortage of Latino physicians in the U.S.  Combing through three decades of census data, Sanchez, Hayes-Bautista and other researchers at UCLA found that the number of Latinos in the US grew 243% from 1980 to 2010, from just under 15 million to more than 51 million.

By contrast, the number of Latino doctors per 100,000 Latinos dropped from 135 Latino doctors for every 100,000 Latinos in 1980 to 105 Latino doctors for every 100,000 Latinos. In the meanwhile, the ratio of non-Hispanic white doctors to non-Hispanic white patients increased from 211 to 315 per 100,000.

The authors recommend immediate action on the national and local level to increase the supply of Latino physicians.


For more details see:

Sánchez G, Nevarez T, Schink W, Hayes-Bautista DE. Latino Physicians in the United States, 1980-2010: A Thirty-Year Overview From the Censuses. Acad Med. 2015 Jan 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25629948.