James Guevara

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James Guevara
James Guevara




Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Bio

James Guevara, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an attending physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a board-certified pediatrician and received his M.D. degree from Northwestern University and M.P.H. degree from the University of Washington. He completed a general academic pediatrics fellowship at the University of Washington and received research training in epidemiology and health services research. He is Assistant Director for Faculty and Trainee Diversity in the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he is involved in developing and evaluating diversity policies for faculty and trainees in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is also the Director of Interdisciplinary Initiatives at PolicyLab: Center to Bridge Research, Practice, & Policy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he participates in developing and disseminating child health policy research. He has appointments as a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and a Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he participates in interdisciplinary research and teaching. He is a member of the Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and nationally participates as a member of the Executive Research Committee of the Academic Pediatrics Association.

Project Description

Despite recent gains, minority scientists continue to be underrepresented among the faculty at U.S. medical schools. In recognition of this disparity, many schools have implemented programs to increase the representation of minority scientists and bring greater diversity to their educational and research environment. Little is known regarding the types of programs that medical schools have implemented in recent years, and less is known regarding the impact these programs have had on minority faculty recruitment and retention. The aims of this proposal are 1) to identify and categorize programs targeting minority faculty recruitment at U.S. medical schools using an environmental scan and 2) to determine associations between program domains and minority faculty statistics at U.S. medical schools. To accomplish these aims, I propose to undertake an environmental scan of all U.S. allopathic medical schools. I will perform a search of medical school websites and identify and conduct key informant interviews within faculty affairs offices at U.S. medical schools in order to identify relevant school programs. These programs will be categorized into domains according to a conceptual framework representing school environment, financial support, mentorship opportunities, and career development resources available. Faculty statistics at each U.S. medical school regarding race/ethnicity, gender, rank, track, department type, and degree will be obtained from the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Faculty Roster System, a database of faculty at all U.S. medical schools. Additional medical school statistics concerning faculty size, school reputation, funding status, and region of the country will be obtained from public sources. Data on programs, faculty statistics, and medical school statistics will be merged, cleaned, and analyzed. Associations between program domains and minority faculty statistics will be assessed.

My New Connections Experience

I applied to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a New Connections grant to support an environmental scan of U.S. allopathic medical schools to identify faculty diversity programs and to assess their association with URM faculty statistics. The New Connections program will also allow me to consult with national experts in the field of health workforce diversity and interact with similar likeminded researchers in the field.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the primary care management of vulnerable children with developmental and behavioral disabilities. I have published on health care costs and health disparities for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. I am also interested in health disparities and in methods to enhance the diversity of the health care workforce. I participate as a reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration and have published systematic reviews on the evidence for child asthma treatment, risk of adult cardiovascular disease associated with hyperuricemia, and performance measures for assessing healthcare referrals in the Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews and peer-reviewed literature. In addition, I conduct randomized trials of preventive interventions in community and primary care settings including developmental screening of young children and parenting interventions for depressed parents.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Mid-Career Consultant
  • Award Year: 2010
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Human Capital
  • Project Name: Under-Represented Minority Faculty Recruitment Policies in U.S. Medical Schools: An Environmental Scan.

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