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In the nation’s compelling interest : ensuring diversity in the health care workforce / Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Health Care Workforce, Board on Health Sciences Policy ; Brian D. Smedley, Adrienne Stith Butler, Lonnie R. Bristow, editors.

p. ; cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-09125-X (hardcover)

1. Discrimination in medical education—United States—Prevention. 2. Medical colleges—United States—Admission. 3. Minorities in medicine—United States. 4. Minorities—Education (Higher)—United States. 5. Medical personnel—Recruiting—United States. 6. Affirmative action programs—United States.

[DNLM: 1. Cultural Diversity—United States. 2. Health Manpower—United States. 3. Accreditation—standards—United States. 4. Education, Medical—economics—United States. 5. Minority Groups—education—United States. 6. Personnel Selection—standards—United States. 7. Public Policy—United States. W 76 I355 2004] I. Smedley, Brian D. II. Butler, Adrienne Stith. III. Bristow, Lonnie R. IV. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Health Care Workforce. V. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Board on Health Sciences Policy.

R745.I5 2004

610'.71’173—dc22

2004005891

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