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June 2013

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

It has been quite some time since we devoted an issue of this journal to the theme of diversity. Much has changed since then, yet much is the same.

2. A Newly Defined Commitment: Diversity through Inclusion

Francisco Castelan, MS

As an exciting academic year comes to an end, the NAAHP Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will be working this summer to identify how we continue to move forward in defining diversity and addressing our mission of inclusion.

3. Working with Dental School Admissions Committees to Enroll a More Diverse Student Body

Anne Wells, Ed.D.
W. David Brunson, D.D.S.
Jeanne C. Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.

The American Dental Education Association’s Admissions Committee Workshop (ADEA ACW) was designed to challenge dental school administrators and admissions committee members to review their current admissions practices and to explore ways to attract a more diverse student body.

4. Holistic Review — Shaping the Medical Profession One Applicant at a Time

Robert A. Witzburg, MD
Henry M. Sondheimer, MD

Modern medicine has been characterized by rapid and accelerating progress in biomedical sciences as the foundation for clinical practice. In 1910, the Flexner Report established these sciences as the core of medical education.

5. Too Much Information? Disclosures of Identity in the Application Process

Bernadette G. So, PhD
Charles Norman Todd, PhD

Applicants to medical school and other health professions face a difficult challenge as they try to figure out how much they share with an admissions committee. An applicant might wonder whether to discuss experiences related to an identity, e.g. religion, sexual orientation, disability, or distance traveled, and if so, how they should go about it.

6. Practical Advice for Working with LGBT Applicants

Glenn Cummings, PhD
Samuel Parrish, MD
Bill Wingard, Med

What are the recurring issues that health professions advisors should be aware of when working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered students? How might we better address the needs of this under-represented group?

7. A Social Justice Perspective on Health Professions Advising

Sarah Berger

In their text “Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice”, Bell, Adams & Griffin (2007) define social justice as both a process and a goal.

8. A Curriculum for Cultural Competence

Eileen Sharp

There is a great need for CULTURAL COMPETENCE in the health care professions to...

9. Lessons from the Road: Advisors’ Reflections on the Tour for Diversity in Medicine

Francisco Castelan, MS
Janae Currington

The goal of this article is to share two advisors’ experiences as we represented NAAHP on three Tours for Diversity in Medicine. Francisco Castelan participated in Tours 1 and 3, through the South/Southeastern part of the United States, and through Texas.

10. A Professionally United Familia

Christina Duarte

Familia, Spanish for family, contains many meanings for different individuals. Familia may signify one’s immediate family members, adoptive parents, or foster brothers and sisters.

11. The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System

Reviewed by Robert E. Cannon, PhD

When I volunteered to review a book about the U. S. Health Care System by two Washington University in St. Louis medical students, I have to admit that I was skeptical that students would have the expertise for a project as big as the health care system.

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