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 Floater alert: Here’s what it means if your poop floats 2018-01-20 08:06 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 Lifestyle Floater alert: Here’s what it means if your poop floats News 35 women fall pregnant despite using contraception app News 5 diseases you risk getting if we run out of water Lifestyle 5 photos of your cervix you need to see Fitness 4 sprint workouts to help you get faster News QUIZ: How many of these random health facts do you know? From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Terrific Tea! » Rooibos makes cocktails healthier Rooibos: an alternative energy drink More than 10 reasons why rooibos is good for you Today marks the first annual National Rooibos Day, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits and many uses of rooibos tea. Healthy? Are you sure? » 5 diseases we can get from animals Could your salon visit make you sick? 7 terrifying diseases you could have without knowing it Not all serious illnesses come with tell-tale symptoms. There are diseases that can turn your body into a ticking time-bomb while you're unaware of any danger.