The Buffalo News: UB 'boot camp' helps aspiring minority physicians

African-Americans comprise 13 percent of the American population, but only 4 percent of the physician workforce. In New York State, Hispanics and Latinos comprise more than 18 percent of the population but less than 8 percent of the state’s medical students. These inequities persist to the detriment of all patients, especially those from minority communities. Read more here.

WABC Tiempo interview on Diversity in Medicine

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Violeta Contreras Ramirez just graduated top of her class from The City College of New York. The 23-year-old now spends her summer conducting brain research thanks to diversity in medicine programs. Learn more about her story here (3rd segment):

A healthy investment

Jo Wiederhorn responds to a New York Daily News editorial: Investing in biomedical research is indeed smart (“Death by a thousand cuts,” editorial, May 18). As federal funding has declined, however, other states have recognized the wisdom of investing in research. California, Texas and Massachusetts are spending billions to grow their bioscience sectors, and are targeting New York’s best scientific minds for recruitment. Texas poached 13 of our star scientists in the past four years. Last year, Gov. Cuomo committed $650,000 in the state budget to recruit biomedical researchers, an important first step. But if New York is to remain a global leader in the biosciences, more needs to be done. Jo Wiederhorn, Associated Medical Schools of New York

WXXI News' Connections: Healthy Friday – Research Funding

State medical schools use a variety of funding sources for research, but officials are not getting as much money as they’d like in the state budget. Universities say this limits their ability to recruit and retain researchers. Jo Wiederhorn, President of the Associated Medical Schools of New York, took part in this interview which is available here.