Why Black Men Are Making No Progress in Medical Education

JBHE, August 10, 2015

A new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) finds that the number of Black males who are applying to medical school has not increased since 1978. In 1978, 1,410 Black males applied to U.S. medical schools. In 2014, the figure was 1,337. In 1978, 542 Black men matriculated at U.S. medical schools, compared to 515 in 2014.

In 2014, women were 62.2 percent of all African Americans who applied to medical school. In every other major racial or ethnic group, men were a majority of all applicants.

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One major problem is the financial burden of medical education. Nearly 42 percent of all Black male medical school graduates have debt greater than $200,000. {snip}

The report, Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine can be downloaded by clicking here.

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