Blacks Are Only a Tiny Percentage of U.S. Medical School Faculty

doctorThe Association of American Medical Colleges reports that in 2011 there was a total of 137,798 people listed as faculty of U.S. medical colleges. Many of these individuals are practicing physicians who are affiliated with teaching hospitals. Of these, 137,798 medical school faculty members, only 3,952, or 2.9 percent, were Black. Five years earlier, Blacks also were 2.9 percent of all medical school faculty.

Women were a slight majority of all Black medical school faculty members. In contrast, women made up less than one third of all White medical school faculty members. Blacks made up 4.1 percent of all women who were medical school faculty, whereas Blacks were 2.2 percent of all male medical school faculty members.

In 2011, there were 447 Blacks who were full professors at U.S. medical schools. They made up 1.4 percent of all full professors. Nearly three quarters of all Black full professors at medical schools were men.

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  1. The above statistics on Black Medical School graduates and US Medical School faculty members border on gross criminality. These numbers are horribly atrocious and how and when will they be thoroughly addressed?
    If President Fidel Castro of Cuba can make good progress in the area of Black Medical School grads why can’t the US government in concert with others who have a vested interest in the Black community improve on these wickedly poor numbers?

    • A. Why has the erroneous notion morphed that GOVERNMENT is some kind of “program” ???
      B. The answer starts here: In twenty major cities there are “task forces” whose only purpose is to ensure attendance in “inner city” elementary schools a mere walk away due to the abysmal lack of primary grade attendance.

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