Diversity and inclusion in MedicinE
Resources for Underrepresented Applicants
Stats to Consider (2015 data from AAMC): While the overall medical school acceptance rate was 41% in 2015 including all races and ethnicities, Latinos were accepted at a rate of 42%. Black and African American fell to only 34%. In 2015, medical school graduates included just 5.7% Black or African Americans and 4.6% Hispanic or Latinos*. Also, fewer minorities choose academic medicine. Only 39% of full time medical faculty are female whereas only 6% are Black, African American, Latino or Native American, according to the AAMC.
We need a physician population that mirrors the general population, but as America grows more and more diverse, this poses a HUGE challenge for medical schools. Most if not all medical schools have created or enhanced offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and instituted institution-wide assessments and strategic planning to address this imbalance. The topic of diversity in medicine is a very important subject and it would be hard to apply to medical school these days without writing a secondary essay on this topic or talking about diversity in an interview!
Visit the Diversity and Inclusion office websites of each medical school you are interested in applying. This will give you a good understanding of the school perspective and priorities. They will also highlight research and summer opportunities.
The Journey to Medicine: Representation is Crucial. Retention is imperative. (Part 2) from Dose of Reality, UM medical school student perspectives.
Resources & Links
Med-Mar. The AAMC hosts the Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR) for students that self-identify as traditionally underrepresented in the field of medicine or are economically disadvantaged. Please refer to the AAMC website for more specifics on this program and how to sign up.
In cooperation with the AAMC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Summer Health Professional Education Program (SHEP) is a free summer program providing a variety of academic and research opportunities for underrepresented premed students.
AAMC discussion and resources on Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine
According to a Wasington Post article dated January 2018, if we look back 30 years, the composition of a typical medical school class included just 30% women. Since the 1960's, the number of women has steadily increased. For the past 15 years, the percentge has lingered in the high 40s. But in the fall of 2017, the percentage of women matriculants finally surpassed the 50% mark and topped 50.7%. That's up from 49.8 in 2017. (AAMC, 2017)
The American Medical Women’s Association seeks to increase "the participation and fostering the leadership of women and minorities within the organization and in the broader medical community."
Take a look at the 2015-2016 AAMC tables on The State of Women in Academic Medicine: The Pipeline and Pathways to Leadership, 2015-2016. This data is compiled every other year.
AMSA (American Medical Student Association) provides an excellent historical context to understand the challenges facing the field in an effort to try and achieve more diversity in medicine. Enriching Medicine Through Diversity
At a Glance: Black and African American Physicians in the Workforce is an excellent article highlighting the 2017 data on Black and African American medical school applicants, students, graduates, and active physicians.
AAMC's FIRST Understanding financing medical school, residency and early practice years.
The following undergraduate premed websites have great resources for summer and opportunities for underrepresented applicants:
- Johns Hopkins
- Stanford (lists high school and undergraduate summer programs)
- Brown (excellent list of summer programs in New England)
*Students may self-identify as multiple races.