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 What are the ingredients of a pleasing smile? 2017-06-29 12:37 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 What are the ingredients of a pleasing smile? Medical Can you recognise the signs of skin cancer? Lifestyle Could working night shift damage your DNA? Medical Suffering from incontinence? Acupuncture might help Lifestyle 3 lines of defence in treating hyperpigmentation Medical Can coughing help you during a heart attack? From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Complete our allergy survey and stand a chance to win R 1000! Live healthier Choose wisely... » Healthy diet may extend kidney patients' lives Healthy diet protects teens against later weight gain Finding the right diet for you With so many fad diets out there, it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction. Dietitian Mpho Tshukudu gives advice on how to find and follow the right diet. Decor danger! » Sick building syndrome FAQ: Sick building syndrome What is sick building syndrome? Your wallpaper might be making you sick Fungus growing on wallpaper might contribute to 'sick building syndrome', causing symptoms similar to flu and allergies.