Medical school applicants and enrollees have reached an all time high. The message is out that as more Americans gain access to healthcare more doctors are desperately needed, but what’s also needed is more diversity among those enrolling. Read more and watch the video here.
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.
The concern among U.S. medical school deans is growing because of competition from offshore medical schools. Read more here.
The gift is the second largest in the history of University at Buffalo. A $30 million donation makes a statement to faculty and researchers at other medical schools, and to undergraduates applying to medical school, that something noteworthy is happening at UB, said Jo Wiederhorn, president and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York.
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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):http://7online.com/uncategorized/tiempo-watch-this-weeks-show/31525/
Advancement in medicine comes through collaboration, “And there needs to be a partnership between the federal government, the state governments and the research institutions (the academic medical centers) themselves to push this agenda forward.” – Jo Wiederhorn, President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York. Read more here.
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
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.
New York, with its remarkable range of health care facilities and options, still suffers from a shortage of doctors. An interesting cause of the shortage is that doctors are being poached – lured to other states offering higher salaries, more up-to-date facilities and funding for research. Watch the interview here.