Institutional and Faculty Partnerships to Promote Learner Preparedness for Health Professions Education

Kendall M. Campbell, Kulwinder Kaur-Walker, Sarwyn Singh, Michaela M. Braxton, Cassandra Acheampong, Catherine D. White, Dmitry Tumin

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By the year 2060, it is projected that 57% of the US population will be members of minority groups, with no one group being the majority. While there is increasing diversity of the population, there remain significant disparities in morbidity and mortality affecting minority groups, and persistent low numbers of underrepresented students in the health professions. Increasing the numbers of underrepresented minority students in health care and decreasing the disparity gap have been a priority for many institutions. Increasing diversity requires an approach that not only involves health professions schools but also involves undergraduate institutions, faculty, and other professionals who provide pre-health training to students. In 2018, a group of academic medicine leaders convened the Innovators, Collaborators, and Leaders conference with faculty at institutions across the state of North Carolina to discuss ways to improve learner preparedness for health professions education and increase numbers of underrepresented students pursuing health careers. In this manuscript, the authors share results from the conference and how institutional and faculty partnerships can promote learner preparedness for health professions education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1315-1321
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Faculty partnerships
  • Health professions education
  • Institutional partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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