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Commentary on "Where Are the Rest of Us? Improving Representation of Minority Faculty in Academic Medicine"

Authors: La Vonne A. Downey, PhD


The article by Rodríguez and colleagues1 in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal reminds me of what Dr Martin Luther King Jr said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable.”2 Rodríguez et al show that despite seeing an increase in the number (25%) of underrepresented minorities attending medical school, we are not seeing these physicians going on to become faculty in these same medical schools; they comprise only 7.3% of all faculty members.

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1. Rodriguez JE, Campbell KM, Mouratidis RW. Where are the rest of us? Improving representation of minority faculty in academic medicine. South Med J 2014;107:739-744.
2. The King Center. MLK quote of the week: a time for vigorous and positive action. Accessed June 1, 2014.
3. Guevara JP, Adanga E, Avakame E, et al. Minority faculty development programs and underrepresented minority faculty representation at US medical schools. JAMA 2013;310:2297-2304.
4. Umbach PD. The contribution of faculty of color to undergraduate education. Res High Educ 2006;47:317-345.