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Keywords:

  • academic diversity;
  • academic medicine;
  • center of excellence;
  • faculty development program;
  • historically black colleges and universities;
  • minority faculty;
  • minority faculty development;
  • minority-serving institution;
  • Northeast Consortium for Minority Faculty Development;
  • underrepresented minority

Abstract

Despite recent drastic cutbacks in federal funding for programs to diversify academic medicine, many such programs survive and continue to set examples for others of how to successfully increase the participation of minorities underrepresented in the healthcare professions and, in particular, how to increase physician and nonphysician minority medical faculty. This article provides an overview of such programs, including those in historically black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, research-intensive private and public medical schools, and more primary care–oriented public medical schools. Although the models for faculty development developed by these successful schools overlap, each has unique features worthy of consideration by other schools seeking to develop programs of their own. The ingredients of success are discussed in detail in another article in this theme issue of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, “Successful Programs in Minority Faculty Development: Ingredients of Success.” Mt Sinai J Med 75:523–532, © 2008 Mount Sinai School of Medicine