DR. VALANTINE'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Hannah A. Valantine, MD Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) scientific workforce diversity activities and programs aim to foster an inclusive culture that unleashes the power of diversity to achieve research and institutional excellence.
This month’s articles touch upon inclusive and institutional excellence and includes an article on what is holding women back in medicine from leadership positions; a NIH blog post on the policies affecting the next generation of researchers; a commentary on disruptive innovation and how diversity is an important ingredient for such innovation; and an article on the importance of addressing both STEM culture and institutional climate at higher education institutions.
Women make up at least 40% of U.S. medical school students however, overall women make up only 34% of U.S. physicians and account for only 18% of hospital CEO’s. Read more about what is holding women back (implicit gender/maternal bias, system-wide policies that disadvantage women, sexual harassment) and what can be done to retain and advance women in careers in medicine. For example, instituting family-friendly policies; mitigating bias and sexual harassment; and creating formal mentoring programs for women.
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Dr. Collins and Dr. Lauer discuss the NIH’s special Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on the Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI) and the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, including a description of the biomedical research workforce landscape, and recommendations on policies affecting the next generation of researchers.
An interesting discussion on how working in diverse teams and encouraging diverse individuals to enter scientific fields can lead to innovation and brand new ways to solve problems.
Learn why it is important to address both STEM culture and institutional climate at higher education institutions to increase diversity in STEM disciplines Great Minds Think Differently Facebook The links above are pulled from the top news articles trending on the subject of diversity in science and technology. Twitter The stories selected are not a reflection of the views of the National Institutes of Health.