Diversifying biomedical training: A synergistic intervention

Gina Sánchez Gibau, Julie Foertsch, Janice Blum, Randy Brutkiewicz, Sherry Queener, Ann Roman, Simon Rhodes, Michael Sturek, David Wilkes, Hal Broxmeyer

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For over three decades, the scientific community has expressed concern over the paucity of African American, Latino, and Native American researchers in the biomedical training pipeline. Concern has been expressed regarding what is forecasted as a shortage of these underrepresented minority (URM) scientists given the demographic shifts occurring worldwide and particularly in the United States. Increased access to graduate education has made a positive contribution in addressing this disparity. This article describes the multiple pathway approaches that have been employed by a school of medicine at an urban Midwest research institution to increase the number of URM students enrolled in, and graduating from, doctoral programs within basic science departments, through the combination of R25 grants and other grant programs funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This article outlines the process of implementing a strong synergistic approach to the training of URM students through linkages between the NIH-funded "Bridges to the Doctorate (BRIDGES)" and "Initiative for Maximizing Graduate Student Diversity (IMGSD)" programs. The article documents the specifi c gains witnessed by this particular institution and identifi es key components of the interventions that may prove useful for institutions seeking to increment the biomedical pipeline with scientists from diverse backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-235
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Biomedical
  • Education
  • Minorities
  • Pipeline
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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