Medical Schools, Minority and Women Representation In Medicine

The AAFP endorses the goal of equitable representation for minorities and women as medical students, staff and faculty at U.S. medical institutions. The AAFP supports programs that have the goal of increasing the number of minority and women student applicants to medical schools, the number of qualified minority and women student admissions, and the number of minorities and women in leadership positions in academic medicine. The AAFP recommends that medical schools and academic health centers stimulate interest in medical careers among minorities and women through specific outreach programs.

The AAFP further recommends that academic health centers, and professional societies for physicians, have programs of leadership development both for minority and women physicians, and medical students. These programs should include mentorship opportunities. Current and expanded efforts to increase the training of minorities and women in medical research should be supported. (1996) (2014 April BOD)