“Past studies have shown under-representation of black, Hispanic, and female medical school graduates training to become plastic surgeons, compared to other surgical fields,” reports Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor, earlier this year in a Healthcare Finance article. “Black and Hispanic representation in plastic surgery training programs has not followed the same trajectory. The researchers believe this lack of progress may reflect barriers beginning as early as medical school, including an absence of mentors, lack of access to plastic surgery resources, or implicit bias.”
In the press release announcing the new president, AAFPRS Executive Vice President and CEO Steve Jurich noted that Dr. Moran “is fully committed to ensuring that the personal and professional diversity of our current and potential members, as well as our industry partners, is genuinely taken into consideration as we work to actualize the crucial mission of the AAFPRS and advance our Specialty.”
Dr. Moran says she has a plan to do just that.
“We would like to find ways to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities and women among our membership and especially within positions of leadership and mentorship,” says Dr. Moran. “We currently do not have any minority fellowship directors and have only two female fellowship directors. We must be intentional in order to address our shortcomings with respect to diversity and inclusivity. We have fertile soil to make significant change and we have an incredibly capable group of members who can bring this change to fruition.”
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- Parmeshwar N, Stuart ER, Reid CM, Oviedo P, Gosman AA. Diversity in Plastic Surgery: Trends in Minority Representation among Applicants and Residents. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;143(3):940-949.