Survey find racial and ethnic diversity remains low in US pediatric departments

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 10 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1348
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Although about half of infants born in the United States are now from ethnic minority groups, racial and ethnic diversity among pediatric trainees and pediatric department faculty and leadership remains limited, a new study indicates.

In the study 131 chairs of US pediatric departments were asked to fill out an eight question survey to assess their departments’ efforts to improve diversity among their trainees, faculty, and leadership. The survey was conducted by the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations, which is made up of seven leading US pediatric associations. The results of the study, led by Fernando S Mendoza of Stanford University School …

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