Altering the course to med school: The minority pipeline

The number of black men attending medical school hasn’t increased since 1978, underscoring a critical need for initiatives that will attract black men to medicine. How can medical schools and organizations tackle this timely issue? Learn from these key pipeline programs that already are helping underrepresented minorities overcome societal barriers to successfully transition to medical school. Last year, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released its report, “Altering the Course: Black Men in Medicine,” which highlighted the decline among black men applying to and attending medical schools in the last 36 years. As a follow-up to the report, the AAMC, the AMA and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) held a webinar last week that discussed new solutions that will help increase the number of underrepresented minorities—particularly black men—attending medical school. Barriers to black men entering medicine Before institutions create new solutions, they should first understand societal barriers, said Cedric Bright, MD, a former president of the National Medical Association and assistant dean of Special Programs and Admissions to Medical School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Common barriers include a lack of proper primary education in science and math subjects and economic constraints that must be overcome to navigate a rigorous and expensive medical school application process. Dr. Bright also str...
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