Home > News > Public Health Updated 04 December 2013 Marginally more minority lecturers at medical schools Researchers say there has been a marginal increase in the number of minority faculty members employed by American medical schools during the past decade. 0 iStock Related Farm animal diversity also declining Dance workouts taking ethnic twist American researchers say data gathered from medical schools across the country show that the percentage of minority faculty members increased from 6.8% to 8% between 2000 and 2010. Minorities include blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.Over the same period, the percentage of newly hired minority faculty members increased from 9.4% to 12.1%. The percentage of newly promoted minority faculty members increased from 6.3% to 7.9%. Of 124 eligible schools, 29% had a minority faculty development programme in 2010. Those schools had a similar increase in the percentage of minority faculty members – from 6.5% in 2000 to 7.4% in 2010.Little increase in representationAfter adjusting for faculty and school characteristics, the researchers concluded that minority faculty development programmes were not associated with increases in minority recruitment or promotion.The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Study author Dr James Guevara of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said: “The findings demonstrate that faculty members who are underrepresented in medicine, relative to the general population, have seen little increase in ... representation across all schools during this time."“What is interesting is that the prevalence of individuals of minority status in the general population increased to more than 30% by 2010." More informationThe American Medical Association has more about medical school. NEXT ON HEALTH24X ‘Being deaf has shaped who I am’ 2017-04-28 15:18 More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical ‘Being deaf has shaped who I am’ Lifestyle Male skin care goes hi-tech Medical SEE: Digestive health myths busted Mental health Animals used in therapy Medical Early treatment gets better results for rheumatoid arthritis Medical 3 causes of a burst eardrum From our sponsors K Naomi takes a stand and shows women how to fight back WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Are you sure? » Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders? Are you really constipated? Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc. True of False? » SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body Stop believing these 10 allergy myths Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.