Opinion: If academic medicine is serious about diversity, its institutions need to pay up

While statements of solidarity about inclusion, diversity, equity, antiracism, and social justice are helpful, talk is cheap. Academic medicine needs to invest in faculty diversity, writes @JoshuaBudhu.

As I began interviewing for my first post-fellowship position as a neuro-oncologist, I immediately realized that I could work in private practice and earn a great salary or make a lot less by opting to work in a teaching hospital where I could do research and help train new doctors. In the end, I took a job in a teaching hospital that gave me the time, resources, and support to pursue a career in health equity.

But as a first-generation Guyanese physician, the decision wasn’t easy — especially about the salary.

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