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Research Projects

Current Research

  • Increasing Diversity among Medical School Faculty: A Vehicle for Addressing Physician Diversity
    This two-part study focuses on the processes of building and utilizing connections for career advancement. Part A seeks to identify and explain the process, barriers and facilitators of connecting senior faculty and junior faculty, specifically junior URM and women faculty. Part B involves a review of existing methodology to extract data from faculty CV. This study is funded by a grant from the Aetna Foundation.
     
  • Enhancing Diversity in Academic Medicine through Faculty Networks
    This study aims to better understand faculty intraorganizational career networks, representing the ways in which faculty are connected to one another within an organization – how these networks are formed and change over time, the functions they serve, how they are utilized and their relationships to faculty productivity, advancement and retention in academic medicine. This study is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

Past Research

  • Understanding Pathways to Academic Medical Careers
    Understanding Pathways to Academic Medical Careers study examined the factors influencing the DICP's Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) alumni’s retention and advancement in academic medicine and clinical research careers, as well as the attainment of VCP objectives. Funded through a grant from the Office of Minority Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services.
     
  • Understanding Pathways to Biomedical Research Careers
    Understanding Pathways to Biomedical Research Careers study examined the educational and career pathways of nearly 3,000 Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) participants since joining the BSCP network, which provides students of all races, ethnic backgrounds, gender and financial status with the encouragement, support and guidance needed for the successful pursuit of careers in biomedical sciences. Funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
     
  • Women and Inclusion in Academic Medicine
    This study clarified the characteristics and interrelationships of institutional, individual and sociocultural factors that influence the entry, progression, persistence and advancement of women faculty, particularly women of  color faculty (African American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Asian American) in academic medicine. The study team recognized that factors related to the success of women faculty may cut across all racial/ethnic groups.
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  • Pathfinder: A Systems Approach to Advancing Workforce Inclusion and Diversity
    Pathfinder: A Systems Approach to Advancing Workforce Inclusion and Diversity (hereafter referred to as Pathways) was a NIH ARRA Pathfinder grant funded project aimed at fostering a diverse scientific workforce. Many factors influence the careers of individuals underrepresented in medicine and science (underrepresented minorities, URM), but only a few of these factors are tracked in current diversity research. Lack of comprehensive data for analysis has limited the ability of institutional leaders to identify and implement successful policies and interventions that increase the diversity and inclusiveness of the workforce in academic medicine. The Pathways study was aimed at addressing this limitation.
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