Diversity In Medical Education

As medical schools continue to support programs for diversity in medical education, more students from underrepresented, educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds seek careers in medicine. Greater diversity and inclusion are not only important in equalization, but they also prepare medical students to more effectively meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population, which is crucial to ultimately eliminating health disparities within health care.

The following information presents U.S. medical school enrollment by race and ethnicity:

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Diversity in Medical Education: Facts & Figures (2012)
© 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges. All rights reserved.

Total Enrollment by U.S. Medical School and Race and Ethnicity (2011)
© 2011 Association of American Medical Colleges. All rights reserved.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Matriculant Data by Race and Ethnicity (2011)
© 2012 American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. All rights reserved.

The New York State medical schools, in conjunction with AMSNY, have developed several “pipeline” programs with the aim of increasing diversity in medicine. For more information on AMSNY’s current programs, click here.

For more information on diversity programs at the medical schools, please use the following links:

Useful Resources for Minority Students

Pre-Health Manual
Helping students navigate a career in the health professions.

Aspiring Docs
You can make a difference! Find out what doctors do to improve the lives of their patients, and learn how you can begin preparing for a rewarding career in medicine.

National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME)
The National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME) is a national organization dedicated to developing and sustaining productive relationships as well as action-oriented programs among national, state, and community stakeholders working to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in all of the health professions. NAMME also seeks to provide critical guidance and professional development opportunities for individuals dedicated to these efforts and the students they serve.

Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG)
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) established the Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG) to offer opportunities for underrepresented post-baccalaureate individuals to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. The purpose of the program is to enhance career opportunities in biomedical sciences, including clinical and laboratory medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics as applied to the etiology and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases.

Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
The purpose of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.

Explore Health Careers
ExploreHealthCareers.org is a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. This website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions, and college students. Our mission is to help solve two urgent problems in American health care: the under-representation of minorities in the workforce, and the lack of health professionals in medically underserved communities. We hope to address these problems by helping more of today’s students become the health professionals of tomorrow.

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Branch seeks to increase the number of highly-trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions to significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation. Nationally, groups found to be underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research include, but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. The Branch meets this objective by supporting two institutional programs, MARC U-STAR (T34) and MARC Ancillary Training Activities (T36), and Individual Predoctoral Kirschstein-NRSA Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.

National Boricua Latino Health Organization (NBLHO)
The National Boricua Latino Health Organization (NBLHO) is a Latino student group representing health professions students from the northeast region of the United States. Its mission is to recruit Latinos into higher education, educate the public and one another about Latino health issues, advocate for increased Latino representation in health related areas, and promote awareness about social, political and economic issues as they relate to Latino health. It also serves to create a support network for Latino students.

National Medical Fellowships (NMF)
Since its inception in 1946, National Medical Fellowships (NMF) has strived to improve access to quality healthcare for all Americans by supporting students of medicine and the health professions from underrepresented minority groups, who are more likely to practice in medically underserved communities. Today, NMF offers two types of programs: scholarships & awards, and service learning programs.

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
We are the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) provides American families with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education and help America remain competitive globally. Our mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by providing scholarships and assistance to students and their families. We envision a future when every Hispanic household benefits from someone in the family with a college degree – creating an enduring impact for generations to come.

NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)
The NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Post-Bac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

NIH Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity
The NIH Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity is a plan that institutional research training, institutional career development, and research education grant award (e.g., T32, T35, K12, CTSA, and R25) applicants must include in their application. The plan should describe their recruitment and retention efforts to diversify the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences workforce through increased participation of talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically, socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Institutions are encouraged to identify candidates who will increase diversity on a national or institutional basis.

Pre-Collegiate Preparation Programs Unit
The mission of the Pre-Collegiate Preparation Programs Unit is to foster the development and implementation of collaborative partnerships among and between colleges, schools, community-based organizations, parents, students, business, industry and government to ensure that all students in New York State, especially those in programs administered by the Unit, have every opportunity to be successful learners in an environment that honors the uniqueness of each individual.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA): Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS)
Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) represents the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). SNMA represents future underrepresented medical students by creating diversity and making strides in all aspects of medicine and patient care. SNMA has a great interest in increasing the number of physicians of color entering the workforce.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.