An acronym that refers to underrepresented minority. Underrepresentation is a result of historical and current exclusion from resources and pathways into positions of power. Academic medicine made an intentional shift from using the term underrepresented minority, as the term minority connotes “less than” toward underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (URG). See the definition of URG above for more details.

URiM is also sometimes used, meaning underrepresented in medicine. Refers to those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.

Please note: Like URG and other similar terms, URM is not a permanent or fixed identity because it is based on demographics and representation.


Informed NIH definition of URG