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Trends in the Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the US Urology Workforce

      ABSTRACT

      Objective

      To examine the historical trends and factors underlying the current state of racial/ethnic representation within the urology workforce at each stage of the educational pipeline.

      Methods

      Using data from the US Census Bureau and the Association of American Medical Colleges, trends in racial/ethnic distribution for 2007−2008 to 2019−2020 were tracked in the educational pipeline for academic urologists. This pipeline was defined as progressively diminishing cohorts, starting with the US population, leading to medical school application, acceptance, and graduation, through to urology residency application, matching, and graduation, and ending with urology faculty appointment. A comparative cohort analysis was performed for academic year 2018−2019 for differences in racial/ethnic distribution across cohorts by binomial tests.

      Results

      From 2007−2008 to 2019−2020, while the proportion of Latinx/Hispanic urology applicants increased by 0.38% per year (95% CI 0.24, 0.52), their proportion in the urology resident population remained unchanged (0.07% per year, 95% CI -0.20, 0.06) from 2011−2012 to 2019−2020. There was a decrease in the proportion of Black urology applicants (−0.13% per year, 95% CI −0.24, −0.02) and no change in the resident population (−0.03% per year, 95% CI −0.11, 0.05), despite an increase in total number of residents (n = 1043 to n = 1734) from 2009−2010 to 2019−2020. In 2018−2019, there were step-wise decreases in proportion of Black and Latinx/Hispanic members represented at critical stages of the educational pipeline (P <0.0001).

      Conclusion

      Attrition in URM urologists occur at key educational stages. This paper offers opportunities for the design of interventions to diversify the urology workforce.
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