Improving pathways to eliminate underrepresentation in the pediatric surgery workforce: A call to action.
Journal of pediatric surgery
Despite progress, diversity and minority representation within the pediatric surgery workforce still does not match the expansive backgrounds of the patients we treat. The problem stems from underrepresentation of minority populations at every step along the pediatric surgery training pathway. Strategies aimed at improving diversity and representation in medical school, general surgery residencies, and ultimately pediatric surgery fellowship are necessary to assemble a more diverse pool of pediatric surgeons. The aim of this paper is to review the current demographic make-up of medical and surgical specialties, highlight the value of diversity, and provide evidence-based strategies for increasing minority representation throughout the pediatric surgery pathway. Future patients will be better served with a more representative pediatric surgery workforce.
Mansfield SA, Morrison Z, Utria AF, Reyes C, Garcia AV, Stallion A. Improving pathways to eliminate underrepresentation in the pediatric surgery workforce: a call to action. J Pediatr Surg. 2022 Jul;57(7):1309-1314. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2022.02.010. PMID: 35304026.