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 Former Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli on her struggle with Lymphoma 2018-05-18 13:52 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 Former Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli on her struggle with Lymphoma Medical 4 foods that can improve your hearing Lifestyle PSA: You can now track your periods using your Fitbit Fitness How to burn more kilojoules at the gym — without doing any extra exercise Lifestyle ‘I have endometriosis – but nobody understands it’ Lifestyle Obesity in the workplace: What role should your employer be playing? From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Colds & Flu » Stop believing these 9 flu myths Why the flu makes you feel so miserable 10 ways to avoid being ‘patient zero’ in the office Do not be that sniffling co-worker in the office, infecting everyone around them. Coffee & Your Health » SEE: The dangers lurking in your cup of coffee Can coffee really make you live longer? Does coffee cause cancer? Some argue your coffee should come with sugar, cream – and a cancer warning.