Rochester, NY, has one of the largest deaf populations in the country.
It's also home to a top-tier academic medical center five miles from the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf or hard-of-hearing students.
Now leaders at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Institute of Technology are creating a Diversity Hub of Innovation in Rochester for training deaf scientists. The concept of Diversity Hubs of Innovation was proposed in 2015 by the National Institutes of Health to eliminate barriers in biomedical career advancement for underrepresented groups.
“There's a lot of desire to diversify the biomedical workforce,” said Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for Research at URMC, “but the deaf and hard-of-hearing population has lagged -- even compared to some other underrepresented groups."
Dewhurst and Gerard Buckley, dean of RIT, have led an effort to foster the success of deaf biomedical trainees.
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