U.S. medical schools have attracted and enrolled a more diverse class in the 2021-22 academic year with black, Hispanic and female applicants and enrollees all winning, according to data released Dec. 8 by the Association of American. Medical Colleges (AAMC).
This year, the number of students applying to medical school has also increased significantly, up almost 18% from last year, to a record 62,443 applicants.
“It is gratifying to see this growth in the diversity and number of students interested in a career in medicine, especially at such a unique time in history due to the global pandemic and the growing recognition of the effects of disparities. in health matters in our country. Said David J. Skorton, MD, President and CEO of AAMC.
“For almost two years Americans have watched the heroism and dedication of physicians on the front lines. As the nation faces a real and important predicted shortage of doctorsI’m inspired by the number of people who want to follow in the footsteps of those who came before them to serve their communities, ”said Dr. Skorton.
Key figures for the academic years 2020 to 2021:
- Black or African American first-year students increased 21.0%, to 2,562. Black or African-American students accounted for 11.3% of enrollees (freshmen) in 2021, up from 9.5 % Last year. Of particular note are the increases in black and African American men; freshmen in this group increased 20.8%.
- First-year Spanish speakers, Latinos or of Spanish origin increased 7.1% to 2,869. People in this group made up 12.7% of enrollees, up from 12.0% in 2020.
- However, Native American or Native Alaska first-year students fell 8.5% to 227, representing 1.0% of enrollments.
This year, women also continued to make gains, accounting for 56.8% of applicants, 55.5% of enrollees and 52.7% of total medical school enrollments.
For the third year in a row, women made up the majority of these three groups. Conversely, the number of registered men fell for the sixth consecutive year, according to the AAMC.
“The gains in enrollment in medical schools of students from under-represented groups are encouraging, but there is still a lot of work to be done – including increasing the representation of Native American and Indigenous communities across the country. ‘Alaska – to ensure our country’s diversity is reflected in the future medical workforce. “said Geoffrey Young, Ph.D., AAMC senior director, healthcare workforce transformation.
“The AAMC and our member medical schools are deeply committed to dramatically increasing the number of applicants and students from under-represented groups,” he said.