CLAUDIA R. BAQUET, M.D., M.P.H., is associate dean for policy and planning and associate professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also serves as director of the Maryland Area Health Education Center, director of the Center for Health Policy/Health Services Research, director of the Cancer Disparities and Intervention Research Program, principal investigator of the Maryland Special Populations Cancer Research Network, and director of the University of Maryland Statewide Health Network. Throughout her government and academic career, Dr. Baquet has been a champion of issues related to health disparities and the underserved and is considered a leading national expert on cancer in minority and low-income populations.
LOIS COLBURN is assistant vice president in the Division of Community and Minority Programs of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She is currently deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–Kellogg Health Professions Partnership Initiative, which helps to develop partnerships among academic medical centers, undergraduate institutions, and secondary schools as a means of increasing the number of academically competitive minority students in the health professions pipeline. She is also the editor of Minorities in Medical Education: Facts and Figures, an annual publication detailing the enrollment and graduation trends of minority students in U.S. medical schools. Ms. Colburn is