New Century Scholars


The Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholars Program is a mentorship program aimed at increasing the diversity of the academic general pediatric workforce

Rationale:

  • Racial and ethnic disparity in child health and health care is an increasingly important issue, particularly as US demographics become more diversified.
  • One approach to decreasing racial/ethnic disparities is to increase the number of minority pediatricians working in academic settings (i.e., education, research and clinical care).
  • One way to increase minority recruitment into academic careers is to provide role models and mentors to pediatric trainees during the time when career plans are being formed.

APA NCScholars© Program:

  • The program selects under-represented minority (URM) pediatric residents who have interest in pursuing careers in academic pediatrics (with specific interests in the areas of health disparities, social determinants, cultural competency, and minority child health & development) to become NCScholars©.
    • NCScholars© are recruited in the second year of residency, and continue in the program through the end of residency, as long as they remain in good standing.
  • NCScholars© are matched with junior and senior mentors who provide ongoing support to the scholar during residency, career planning, fellowship application process, and onward.
    • Junior Mentors: Fellows in training programs and junior faculty who have interests in the areas of racial/ethnic child health disparities, cultural competency, and minority child health and development, and who have a commitment to mentorship and the program goals.
    • Senior mentors: APA members who are educators or researchers working in the fields of racial/ethnic child health disparities, cultural competency, and minority child health and development, who have strong mentorship abilities and who have a commitment to mentorship and the program goals.
  • NCScholars© and their mentors meet during the annual PAS meetings, and continue contact throughout the year through email and phone.
  • NCScholars© receive a travel grant to attend the annual PAS meetings (including travel, room, and registration fees).
  • NCScholars© attend a special one day conference the day before the PAS meeting.
  • A dinner banquet is held honoring the NCScholars©, attended by APA leadership, fellowship directors, and guests.
  • NCScholars© are in contact with mentors and Program staff throughout the PAS meeting.
  • It is required that all NCScholars© attend the annual PAS meetings and the New Century Scholars Conference the day before the PAS begins. Residency programs are asked to help with residency scheduling so that the NCScholar© may attend.
  • Ongoing activities:
    • AGPAC Fellowships for New Century Scholars
    • NCScholars© are provided free membership in the APA during their residency
    • Career counseling by program directors and mentors
    • Website and Listserv for NCScholars©
    • Support during fellowship application and post-residency career planning


The application cycle will open August, 2017. The program will start the day before the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Toronto, on Friday May 4, 2018


Click here for more information and application

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP:


Chair of Membership, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Coker
Tumaini R. Coker, MD, MBA
Tumaini.Coker@seattlechildrens.org

Co-director:
jones
V. Faye Jones, MD, MSPH, PhD
veronnie.jones@louisville.edu

Co-director:
Thorton
Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD
rjohns21@jhmi.edu



Article in Academic Medicine: New Century Scholars: A Mentorship Program to Increase Workforce Diversity in Academic Pediatrics




 

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