Diversifying the academic medicine workforce is critical to ensuring quality care for all. Diverse trainees are less likely than their majority counterparts, to aspire to academic positions. the Building the Next of Academic Physicians Inc. (BNGAP www.bngap.org) has focused on assessing diverse trainees (e.g. URM, women, and sexual and gender minorities) perceptions of academic careers and developing innovative educational programming to address barriers and to promote their pursuit of academic careers.
Last year, (BNGAP), launched an innovative seminar entitled “Critical Transitions Seminar for Diverse Trainees: Finding your Academic Residency, Fellowship, or First Academic Position”, hosted by the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM), one of the U.S. medical schools with the highest proportion of trainees who identify as URiM. Eighteen diverse faculty from 12 Northeast academic institutions shared their lived experienced and advice with 45 diverse medical students, residents and fellows. The workshops fostered reflection on personal and professional career interests, advice on being a more competitive applicant, and how to build a team of role models, mentors and champions for career success.
The CSOM is again hosting the seminar on Saturday, August 3, 2020 from 8am – 4pm. The agenda can be accessed at http://bngap.org/critical-transitions-seminar-finding-your-academic-residency-fellowship-or-first-academic-position/ and trainees may register at http://bngap.org/critical-transitions-seminar-registration/ . Institutions who are interested in sponsoring a recruitment table at the event should contact John Paul Sanchez MD, MPH at BNGAPINC@gmail.com . We hope to see your trainees at the event!