Medical professionals know that they will always have a role to play in their patients’ health.
So how do they choose which doctors to see?
In the past, some medical schools have focused on teaching students how to choose doctors based on their specialty.
But a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that more traditional medical schools should be investing in new ways to provide students with more choice in the types of doctors they are likely to see.
“Medical school enrollment and the medical profession as a whole is becoming more diverse and more diverse in many ways,” said AMA President Dr. Charles G. Gansler, in a press release.
“Many students are entering medical school as a part of a diverse community, and many medical schools do not currently have sufficient diversity in their faculty to effectively recruit and retain qualified doctors.”
The AMA report recommends that medical schools spend more time recruiting new faculty members and more money on training and promotion.
“We believe this will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our students and physicians,” Ganser said.
The AMA study is the latest in a series of studies from across the country that are exploring how to help schools better attract and retain diverse faculty.
For example, the American Psychological Association recently released a report about how to attract and keep the most diverse population of psychiatrists.
The survey found that the majority of students were attracted to psychiatrists because they felt that the profession is a safe and nurturing environment.
But the AMA report suggests that the health of the profession may be even more important to schools.
“Schools must take a holistic approach to their hiring processes to ensure they have the most qualified staff members and staff who are truly invested in providing the best medical care to their students,” the AMA said.
“A holistic approach means that each school’s recruitment process should consider the diverse populations of their students and the educational and professional experiences of their faculty.
Medical schools should also be able to demonstrate to prospective faculty members that they are committed to being a place that is inclusive, culturally diverse and offers a welcoming, nurturing environment for students to pursue a career.”