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  • Landmark Case Could Change Admissions Policies

    Ran Zhao 
    National Health Policy Associate Coordinator, AMSA
    University of Connecticut
    School of Public Health 2013/School of Medicine 2014

      On October 10, the issue of race in medical school admission policies will be introduced once again at the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas.

    In 2008, Abigail Fisher accused the University of denying her admission because she was Caucasian. The Association of American Medical Collages (AAMC) along with 28 other medically related organizations including the American Medical Association, and the American Medical Student Association, filed an amicus curiae (a brief filed by a group that is not a part of the case) in support of the University of Texas. 

    This case has re-surfaced previous landmark cases involving admissions and ethnicity. Historically, in the landmark case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke 1978, the Supreme Court stated that race should be a factor in the holistic review process of medical school admissions, even though schools cannot create a separate category for applicants based solely on race. In Grutter v. Bollinger 2003a, the Supreme Court again ruled 5-4 in favor of utilizing race as part of the holistic admissions process at the University of Michigan Law School. ...

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  • Medical Schools Increasing Minority Enrollment

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently announced that the number of minorities who enrolled in medical schools has grown – especially among Hispanic males. 

    Enrollment among white students increased by 1.5% from 2009 to 2010. Meanwhile, total enrollment for male Hispanic students grew more than 17%, and Hispanic female enrollees increased by 1.6%.

    The total number of Latinos and Latinas who started medical school in 2010 was 1,539, or about 8% of the total number of first-year medical school students. Hispanics make up about 16% of the U.S. population, according to 2009 U.S. Census figures.

    AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch said the numbers — which reflect a national trend toward increased diversity — are good news for patients. He told The Hill, "You don't improve the health of communities without having a workforce that reflects the diversity of those communities.”

    In order to increase the diversity of the physician workforce, students must be exposed to the possibility of a career in health care as early as possible. 

    Having a diverse physician workforce is a critical component in making health care available to those who need it most. The lack of diversity of medical students, coupled with ...

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