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. Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Health of the Nation Survey 2016-11-14 09:34 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 News Health of the Nation Survey Lifestyle The surprising health benefits of beer Medical Alzheimer’s disease and your brain Medical SEE: Top 10 natural causes of death in SA Medical Skin cancer cream kills dogs Medical Type 1 diabetes linked to gut From our sponsors Cipla today announced the launch of its innovative inhaler called Synchrobreathe. Live healthier How loud is too loud? » Heal your hearing Pain relievers linked to hearing loss in women FDA approves balloon device to clear Eustachian tube SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Our ears perform quite a complex job – not only are they responsible for helping us hear, they also assist with balance. Get back into your healthy habits » 7 beach sports to keep you active 7 reasons to start running Here's how to get yourself back into exercise after a break 5 ways to kickstart your fitness routine in 2017 With the festive season at an end, getting back into your fitness routine should be a breeze with these five steps.