Are committee experiences of minoritized family medicine faculty part of the minority tax? a qualitative study

Kendall M. Campbell, Stacy A. Ogbeide, Angela Echiverri, Gina Guillaume, Johnathan E. Henderson, Nicole Jackson, Crystal M. Marquez, Carolina Miranda, Melissa Montoya, Keyona Oni, Grant Pierre, Afi Mansa Semenya, La Traia Scott, Victoria Udezi, Valerie J. Flattes, José E. Rodríguez, Judy C. Washington

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: Because much of the work in academic medicine is done by committee, early career URiM faculty, are often asked to serve on multiple committees, including diversity work that may not be recognized as important. They may also be asked to serve on committees to satisfy a diversity “check box,” and may be asked more often than their non-URiM peers to serve in this capacity. We sought to describe the committee experiences of early career URiM faculty, hypothesizing that they may see committee service as a minority tax. Methods: Participants in the Leadership through Scholarship Fellowship (LTSF) were asked to share their experiences with committee service in their careers after participating in a faculty development discussion. Their responses were analyzed and reported using qualitative, open, axial, and abductive reasoning methods. Results: Four themes, with eight sub-themes (in parenthesis), emerged from the content analysis of the LTSF fellows responses to the prompt: Time commitment (Timing of committee work and lack of protected time for research and scholarship), URiM Committee service (Expectation that URiM person will serve on committees and consequences for not serving), Mentoring issues (no mentoring regarding committee service, faculty involvement is lacking and the conflicting nature of committee work) and Voice (Lack of voice or acknowledgement). Conclusions: Early career URiM faculty reported an expectation of serving on committees and consequences for not serving related to their identity, but other areas of committee service they shared were not connected to their URiM identity. Because most of the experiences were not connected to the LTSF fellows’ URiM identity, this group has identified areas of committee service that may affect all early career faculty. More research is necessary to determine how committee service affects URiM and non-URiM faculty in academic family medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number862
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • African americans
  • American indians
  • Faculty
  • Health Occupation
  • Hispanic or latino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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