The Symposium on Diversity in the Health Professions in Honor of Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., was convened in March 2001 to provide a forum for health policymakers, health professions educators, education policymakers, researchers, and others to address three significant and contradictory challenges: the continued under-representation of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in health professions; the growth of these populations in the United States and subsequent pressure to address their health care needs; and the recent policy, legislative, and legal challenges to affirmative action that may limit access for underrepresented minority students to health professions training. The symposium summary along with a collection of papers presented are to help stimulate further discussion and action toward addressing these challenges. The Right Thing to Do, The Smart Thing to Do: Enhancing Diversity in Health Professions illustrates how the health care industry and health care professions are fighting to retain the public s confidence so that the U.S. health care system can continue to be the world s best.
Table of Contents
|The Right Thing to Do, The Smart Thing to Do: Enhancing Diversity in the Health Professions||1-35|
|The Role of Diversity in the Training of Health Professionals||36-56|
|Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Physicians: An Intervention to Address Health Disparities?||57-90|
|Current Legal Status of Affirmative Action Programs in Higher Education||91-116|
|College Admissions Policies and the Educational Pipeline: Implications for Medical and Health Professions||117-142|
|Toward Diverse Student Representation and Higher Achievement in Higher Levels of the American Educational Meritocracy||143-184|
|Trends in Underrepresented Minority Participation in Health Professions Schools||185-207|
|Inequality in Teaching and Schooling: How Opportunity Is Rationed to Students of Color in America||208-233|
|Lost Opportunities: The Difficult Journey to Higher Education for Underrepresented Minority Students||234-259|
|Systemic Reform and Minority Student High Achievement||260-280|
|Sustaining Minorities in Prehealth Advising Programs: Challenges and Strategies for Success||281-304|
|Rethinking the Admissions Process: Evaluation Techniques That Promote Inclusiveness in Admissions Decisions||305-327|
|How Do We Retain Minority Health Professions Students?||328-360|
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