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Data on the Current State of Diversity in Osteopathic Medical Education

Although the numbers of underrepresented minorities* in U.S. medical schools have increased, with the growing diversity of the overall U.S. population, the racial and ethnic differences between medical school graduates and the overall population is actually widening.

In academic year 2014-15, there were 6,048 African American and 4,506 Hispanic students in U.S. medical schools, representing 5.5 percent and 4.1 percent of total enrollment, respectively.** 
However, by 2015, projections from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau indicate that 38 percent of the U.S. population will be persons who identify as a racial minority or of Hispanic background.

Please see the reports below for greater detail. AACOM collects and publishes this data.  

Additionally, AACOM gathers and publishes a wide range of data on osteopathic medical education in the U.S.  To see additional reports on other subjects please visit AACOM Reports






*Underrepresented minorities (URM) includes Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, Black/African American, Native American/Alaska Native and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

** AAMC, 2014, Table 31: Total Enrollment by U.S. Medical School and Race/Ethnicity: https://www.aamc.org/download/321540/data/factstable31.pdf. Accessed September 16, 2015.
 AACOM, 2015, Total Enrollment by Race and Ethnicity 1976-2015: http://www.aacom.org/docs/default-source/data-and-trends/1976-15-TtlEby-RE.xlsx. Accessed September 16, 2015.