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Article first published online: 18 DEC 2002
Copyright © 2003 American Cancer Society
Supplement: Summit Meeting on Breast Cancer Among African American Women
Volume 97, Issue Supplement 1, pages 329–334, 1 January 2003
How to Cite
Newman, L. A., Pollock, R. E. and Johnson-Thompson, M. C. (2003), Increasing the pool of academically oriented African-American medical and surgical oncologists. Cancer, 97: 329–334. doi: 10.1002/cncr.11027
This article is a US Government work and, as such, is in the public domain in the United States of America.
Dr. Melissa Bondy was Guest Editor for this article.
The following individuals participated in Breakout Session III: Increasing the Pool of Academically Oriented African-American Medical and Surgical Oncologists, moderated by Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D.: John Arradondo, M.D., Ph.D. (Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN); Neil Clendennin, M.D., Ph.D. (Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., La Jolla, CA); Zilla Eisensten, Ph.D. (Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY); Lemuel Evans, Ph.D. (Health Research Consultant, Las Vegas, NV); Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D. (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, NC); Lisa Newman, M.D. (Alexander J. Walt Comprehensive Breast Center, Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Center, Detroit, MI); Raphael Pollock, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX); Richard Thorp (Medical Informatics, Centreville, MD); Estelle Cooke-Sampson, M.D. (Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC); Sandral Hullett, M.D., M.P.H. (Family Healthcare of Alabama, Eutaw, AL); and Lovell Jones, Ph.D. (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX).
- Issue published online: 18 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Received: 14 SEP 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 SEP 2002
- breast cancer;
- African American;
In the United States, breast cancer mortality rates are significantly higher among African-American women than among women of other ethnic backgrounds. Research efforts to evaluate the socioeconomic, environmental, biologic, and genetic mechanisms explaining this disparity are needed.
Data regarding patterns in the ethnic distribution of physicians and oncologists were accumulated from a review of the literature and by contacting cancer-oriented professional societies. This information was evaluated by participants in a national meeting, “Summit Meeting Evaluating Research on Breast Cancer in African American Women.” Results of the data collection and the conference discussion are summarized.
Ethnic minority specialists are underrepresented in academic medicine in general, and in the field of oncology in particular. This fact is unfortunate because ethnic minority students are more likely to express a commitment to providing care to medically underserved communities and, thus, they need to be better represented in these professions. Correcting these patterns of underrepresentation may favorably influence the design and implementation of culturally and ethnically sensitive research.
Efforts to improve the ethnic diversity of oncology specialists should begin at the level of recruiting an ethnically diverse premed and medical student population. These recruitment efforts should place an emphasis on the value of mentoring. Cancer 2003;97(1 Suppl):329–34. Published 2003 by the American Cancer Society.