Addressing the gate blocking of minority faculty

Octavia Amaechi, Krys E. Foster, Dmitry Tumin, Kendall M. Campbell

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There have been ongoing efforts to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities in medicine (URMM), including faculty development initiatives, mentoring programs and outreach efforts. However, URMM faculty face unique challenges that are crucial for academic institutions and leaders to recognize in order to improve retention of this group and allow for meaningful advancement in the field. This paper introduces the concept of gate blocking, defined as what happens to minority faculty as a result of the consequences of the minority tax and systems designed to advantage some and disadvantage others. In addition to defining gate blocking, the authors make recommendations to address this concern in academic medicine and promote the advancement and retention of URMM faculty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-521
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Faculty
  • Gate blocking
  • Physician
  • URM
  • URMM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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