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Addressing Disparities in Academic Medicine

Title: Addressing Disparities in Academic Medicine: What of the Minority Tax?.
Name(s): Rodriguez, Jose, author
Campbell, Kendall, author
Pololi, Linda, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2015-02-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Background The proportion of black, Latino, and Native American faculty in U.S. academic medical centers has remained almost unchanged over the last 20 years. Some authors credit the "minority tax"—the burden of extra responsibilities placed on minority faculty in the name of diversity. This tax is in reality very complex, and a major source of inequity in academic medicine. Discussion The “minority tax” is better described as an Underrepresented Minority in Medicine (URMM) faculty responsibility disparity. This disparity is evident in many areas: diversity efforts, racism, isolation, mentorship, clinical responsibilities, and promotion. Summary The authors examine the components of the URMM responsibility disparity and use information from the medical literature and from human resources to suggest practical steps that can be taken by academic leaders and policymakers to move toward establishing faculty equity and thus increase the numbers of black, Latino, and Native American faculty in academic medicine.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1474988014 (IID), 10.1186/s12909-015-0290-9 (DOI)
Keywords: Underrepresented minority, Black, Latino, Hispanic, Native american, Minority tax
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Preferred Citation: Rodríguez, J. E., Campbell, K. M., & Pololi, L. H. (2015). Addressing disparities in academic medicine: what of the minority tax?. BMC medical education, 15(1), 1.
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: BMC Medical Education.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 15

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Rodriguez, J., Campbell, K., & Pololi, L. (2015). Addressing Disparities in Academic Medicine: What of the Minority Tax? Bmc Medical Education. Retrieved from