Clinical faculties and academic leadership at US medical schools are not keeping up with the growing diversity of the US population, according to a new analysis of 42 years of data and reported in STAT.
While women have made notable progress, improvement has stagnated or worsened for underrepresented groups in medicine. Female clinical faculty numbers have increased from 15% in 1977 to 43% in 2019, and female deans from zero to 18%.
But black and Hispanic physicians still make up a small portion of total clinical faculty, and the growth and representation of black men in academic medicine has remained steady or declined.
Across all faculty levels, non-Hispanic/other Pacific Islander Native Hawaiians and non-Hispanic/Alaska Native American Indians accounted for less than 1%.