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 ...