Measuring Med School Microaggressions

Reams of research show that diverse groups delving into topics they care about perform better. Yet, underrepresented and often the subject of suspicion, many minority students feel out of place in the biomedical field—and leave.

Hispanics, African-Americans and Native Americans fill just 3-4% of basic science professor jobs in US med schools.

The NIH has funded efforts to address the “non-inclusive” culture in science and math programs, and several institutions are gathering data documenting those subtle moments of discrimination. But rather than avoiding microaggressions, research suggests, promoting microaffirmations may be a more effective weapon.

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