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Medical Schools Notice An Increase In Enrollment Amongst Black Students!

-Avier Wanjou Brass-

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Across the nation, there has been an increase of Black students pursuing medical physician careers, and medical schools are taking notice! 

According to Blavity, enrollment has increased by 21%, a record incline since 2020. “We have never seen such an increase within a short amount of time,” Norma Poll-Hunter, Leader of the workforce diversity efforts at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), said. Data released from the association claims that only 5% of the country’s doctors are Black (2019).

In a suggestion, Poll-Hunter says Black patients are likely to showcase satisfaction towards physicians who look like them. “When Black physicians, male physicians are working with Black male patients, we see better outcomes in preventative care or in cardiac care,” Poll-Hunter said. “We’ve also seen that in terms of infant mortality, as well.” 

Now, colleges and universities are placing diverse and inclusive procedures to reduce barriers for students of color. According to Poll-Hunter, medical schools are now fighting against disparities afflicting Black students, including looking beyond test scores, having remote student interviews (handling unconscious bias in their admissions procedures), and waiving application fees. 

Joyce Sackey, dean for multicultural affairs and global health at Tufts, expresses the ongoing racial injustices that sway the admission offices to double down on their diversity efforts. “Acknowledging the need for more diversity” and “We’ve been working hard at this”, says Sackey.

There’s no secret that Medical schools cost a bit much, and with student debt, this may persuade students to reconsider.

Dr. Cedric Bright, Dean of admissions at East Carolina University’s medical school, says, “We need to empower communities to want to raise money to say, ‘We will pay for students that come from this community and hopefully when they finish, they’ll come back to our community and practice.”” 

Students like Sabrina Lima, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, plans to do that post-graduation. 

“I definitely want to open up clinics,” she said. “I want to work in low-income areas.” 

We stan Black students trying to make a difference within their community and setting goals. It is great to see this incline and I can not wait to walk into doctor’s offices to see more people like me. Best news of all week! Don’t you agree? 

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