The Duke Minority Medical Student Summer Fellowship: one program's attempt to attract minority residents.
Despite numerous Federal and private funding programs aimed at increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities in medicine, the participation of minority groups in the medical profession remains low and shows little sign of improvement. With the goal of improving minority representation in our primary care residency program, the Minority Medical Student Summer Fellowship started in July 1990. The program's purpose is to give minority medical students positive exposure to primary care and attract them back for residency training. In this four-week elective, students participate in seminars with our primary care residents, see patients in a variety of clinics, and complete a project. Key implementation issues include support of the medicine chairman and dean, funding, and malpractice coverage for the students. Program evaluation from the first two students rated the clinic experiences higher than the seminar sessions and the independent project. Both students stated our fellowship made them more likely to train at this medical center should they enter a primary care program. Implications for other programs are listed.
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