In recent years, US medical schools have greatly increased their efforts toward recruitment of minority students. Indeed, many schools have been established to increase the number of students entering medical school from applicants that are underrepresented in the medical profession, including the University of Houston College of Medicine.
Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.
The AAMC has historically recognized four groups as underrepresented: African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Mainland Puerto Ricans. This definition is evolving into the consideration of applicants from a socioeconomically deprived background as well.
Minority students contemplating careers in medicine may obtain additional information on financial assistance, special programs for minorities and other information through the Student National Medical Association as well as National Medical Fellowships.
Additional resources can be found below:
- Baylor College of Medicine - Transformed Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Scholars Program
- AMSA’s Enriching Medicine Through Diversity
- Houston LSAMP
- AAMC’s Minorities in Medicine
- AAMC’s Medical Minority Applicant Registry (MED-MAR)
- Latino Medical Student Association
- Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
- AAMC’s Diversity and Inclusion
- AAMC’s Diversity Data Snapshots
- Office of Minority Health
- Vietnamese American Medical Association
- Association of American Indian Physicians
- Indian Health Services