Releasing the Net to Promote Minority Faculty Success in Academic Medicine

Kendall M. Campbell, Briana D. Hudson, Dmitry Tumin

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Underrepresented minority faculty in academic medicine continue to be underrepresented in academic health centers across the country. Their underrepresentation impacts advancements in clinical care, education, and discovery and slows our forward progress in the field. Underrepresented in medicine faculty includes people who are black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, or Native American. Barriers to underrepresented faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement include minority and gratitude taxes, imposter syndrome, and a lack of an appreciation of power distance and distance traveled. This article reviews five barriers to progress in achieving appropriate diversity among faculty and leadership of academic health centers, focusing on the multiplying effects of these barriers and potential steps forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-206
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic medicine
  • Minority tax
  • Underrepresented minority faculty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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