Committees  |   February 2017
Opening the Pipeline for Minorities: Professional Diversity Committee Hosts ‘Doctors Back to School’TM Event in Chicago
Author Affiliations
  • Vernon H. Ross, M.D.
    Committee on Professional Diversity
  • Craig W. Johnson
    American Medical Association
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Education / CPD / Pediatric Anesthesia / Committees
Committees   |   February 2017
Opening the Pipeline for Minorities: Professional Diversity Committee Hosts ‘Doctors Back to School’TM Event in Chicago
ASA Monitor 02 2017, Vol.81, 54-55.
ASA Monitor 02 2017, Vol.81, 54-55.
The following is a report from stakeholders who participated in a Doctors Back to School™ event hosted by ASA at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016 in Chicago last October.
The health care pipeline represents a process of experiences from initial exposure to the health care professions to the attainment of the necessary requirements to become a health care professional. For students without immediate contacts in the medical fields, pipeline exposure often begins with a strong primary educational experience, including the introduction of role models, allowing students to see the possibilities of a career in health care. Minorities are underrepresented in medicine.1  In 2002, the American Medical Association (AMA) began the Doctors Back to SchoolTM program to encourage minority students to enter the health care pipeline through conversations with these children in the classroom setting. The goal of this program is to introduce young people of diverse backgrounds to health care professional role models of similar backgrounds.2  Last year, the ASA Committee on Professional Diversity partnered with AMA to host such an event at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 in Chicago.3 
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