The Right Thing to Do, The Smart Thing to Do: Enhancing Diversity in Health Professions -- Summary of the Symposium on Diversity in Health Professions in Honor of Herbert W. Nickens, M.D.

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The Symposium on Diversity in the Health Professions in Honor of Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., was convened in March 2001 to provide a forum for health policymakers, health professions educators, education policymakers, researchers, and others to address three significant and contradictory challenges: the continued under-representation of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in health professions; the growth of these populations in the United States and subsequent pressure to address their health care ...
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Overview

The Symposium on Diversity in the Health Professions in Honor of Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., was convened in March 2001 to provide a forum for health policymakers, health professions educators, education policymakers, researchers, and others to address three significant and contradictory challenges: the continued under-representation of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in health professions; the growth of these populations in the United States and subsequent pressure to address their health care needs; and the recent policy, legislative, and legal challenges to affirmative action that may limit access for underrepresented minority students to health professions training. The symposium summary along with a collection of papers presented are to help stimulate further discussion and action toward addressing these challenges. The Right Thing to Do, The Smart Thing to Do: Enhancing Diversity in Health Professions illustrates how the health care industry and health care professions are fighting to retain the public’s confidence so that the U.S. health care system can continue to be the world’s best.
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Papers from a symposium provide a forum for health policymakers, health professions educators, education policymakers, and researchers to address the continued underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in health professions, to examine the growth of these populations in the US and the pressure to address their health care needs, and to discuss recent policy, legislative, and legal challenges to affirmative action that may limit access to health professions training. There is no subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309076142
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2001
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

The Right Thing to Do, The Smart Thing to Do: Enhancing Diversity in the Health Professions 1
The Role of Diversity in the Training of Health Professionals 36
Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Physicians: An Intervention to Address Health Disparities? 57
Current Legal Status of Affirmative Action Programs in Higher Education 91
College Admission Policies and the Educational Pipeline: Implications for Medical And Health Professions 117
Toward Diverse Student Representation and Higher Achievement in Higher Levels of the American Educational Meritocracy 143
Trends in Underrepresented Minority Participation in Health Professions Schools 185
Inequality in Teaching and Schooling: How Opportunity Is Rationed to Students of Color in America 208
Lost Opportunities: The Difficult Journey to Higher Education for Underrepresented Minority Students 234
Systemic Reform and Minority Student High Achievement 260
Sustaining Minorities in Prehealth Advising Programs: Challenges and Strategies for Success 281
Rethinking the Admissions Process: Evaluation Techniques That Promote Inclusiveness in Admissions Decisions 305
How Do We Retain Minority Health Professions Students? 328
Addendum 361
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