Christopher Russell,MD,MS

Katharine Zuckerman,MD,MPH

Chair of Membership, Diversity, and Inclusion:

Rachel J. Thornton, MD, PhD

The New Century Scholars Program, supported by the APA, APS, and ABP, is a mentorship program aimed at increasing the diversity of the academic pediatric workforce.

Program Need

  • 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.