The Science and Value of Diversity: Closing the Gaps in Our Understanding of Inclusion and Diversity

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Abstract

Diversity drives excellence. Diversity enhances innovation in biomedical sciences and, as it relates to novel findings and treatment of diverse populations, in the field of infectious diseases. There are many obstacles to achieving diversity in the biomedical workforce, which create challenges at the levels of recruitment, retention, education, and promotion of individuals. Here we present the challenges, opportunities, and suggestions for the field, institutions, and individuals to adopt in mitigating bias and achieving greater levels of equity, representation, and excellence in clinical practice and research. Our findings provide optimism for a bright future of fair and collaborative approaches that will enhance the power of our biomedical workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberjiz174
Pages (from-to)S33-S41
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume220
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • bias
  • biomedicine
  • diversity
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • underrepresented
  • women
  • workforce

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