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Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine

Commemorating Dr. Herbert W. Nickens’ Legacy

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"Diversity in higher education is perhaps nowhere more important than in the health professions. Though we are making breakthroughs every day in medicine, the unfortunate truth is that not everyone benefits equally from these advancements. Significant health disparities persist along lines of socioeconomic status, urban or rural residence, and, most notably, race and ethnicity, with minority populations continuing to suffer disproportionately from numerous health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes." - Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. AAMC Reporter, November 2012

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In 2014, AAMC commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Herbert W. Nickens awards with a series of activities and the development of this publication. In recognition of Dr. Herbert W. Nickens’ legacy, this publication provides a historical overview of diversity and inclusion efforts, presents recent data, and highlights leaders’ perspectives on future directions to advance diversity and inclusion in academic medicine.  Alongside the leadership reflections, the publication presents data on how initiatives like 3000 by 2000 influenced academic medicine.  The publication also features the reflections of awardees describing the impact of Dr. Nickens’ work and the awards.

The AAMC honors the legacy of Dr. Nickens work by the creation of three annual awards which include the Herbert W. Nickens Presidential Award, the Nickens Faculty Fellowship and five Medical Student Scholarships Awards. 

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