Diversity in Med School: Some Ups, Some Downs

Feb 20, 2013

New data is out in a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges on diversity in medical school applications, enrollments, graduations, and faculty. The headlines: future doctors are still mostly white, and mostly men. But the gap has narrowed dramatically between female and male graduates. African American applications to medical school are up more than 30%, but fewer black men are applying these days. Hispanic applications have nearly tripled since the 70s. But Native American applications have dropped. 

From the AAMC's report:

The top graph shows med school applicants by race and ethnicity, 1977-2011. It's a bit hard to see, but the top line is white applicants, the middle green line is Asian applicants, yellow line is Hispanic, gray for African American, red is Native American. You can click to enlarge the image.

The second graph shows the narrowing gap between male and female applicants. Dramatic, no?

Medical school applicants by race, 1977-2011
Credit Association of American Medical Colleges

Medical school applications by gender, 1977-2011
Credit Association of American Medical Colleges