Support Diversity in Biomedical Careers via new Post-Bac Supports

Scientists from under-represented minorities (URM) are more likely to conduct research with significant public health implications in diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations. While ample evidence supports the value of diversity among team members to drive the generation of innovative ideas and approaches, the U.S. biomedical research workforce continues to suffer from systemic barriers causing insufficient diversity, perpetuating inequity, and limiting inclusion. Duke University’s Office of Physician Scientists Development (OPSD) had launched an initiative to support and advance URM individuals who have biomedical career interests, have or are completing undergraduate degrees, and are considering or will be pursuing graduate degrees. In particular, OPSD intends to develop a post-baccalaureate program to support students’ acceptance to, and success in, biomedical graduate degree programs. To inform this program’s development, OPSD has partnered with Duke’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) to conduct a formative evaluation, as form of applied research, to determine areas of need among undergraduates and recent graduates at diverse academic institutions who are interested in biomedical careers.

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