Number of Black Men in Medical School Dwindling

Number of Black Men in Medical School Dwindling

Black men are falling behind in the medical field, American Medical News reports.

The most recent Assn. of American Medical Colleges report on medical education diversity says that 2.5% of medical school applicants were black men in 2011, a drop from 2.6% in 2002. The number of Asian and Hispanic male applicants increased during that period and the share of white male applicants has remained about the same.

“We have a major, major problem in this country,” said Marc Nivet, EdD, the AAMC’s chief diversity officer. “There is just simply an enormous amount of indisputable evidence that we’re not intervening as effectively as we’d like as a society to increase the talent pool of African-Americans who are capable of taking advantage of the science curricula available up and down the pipeline.”

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