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 2016-17, there were 13,851 underrepresented minorities enrolled in U.S. medical schools, representing 12 percent of total enrollment. Of that, 6,717 (5.8 percent) were Hispanic, 6,696 (5.8 percent) were African American, 303 (0.26 percent) were Native American/Alaska Native, and 135 (0.12 percent) were Hawaiian/Pacific Islander**.
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Underrepresented minorities (URM) includes Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, Black/African American, Native American/Alaska Native and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
AAMC, 2016, Table B-5: Total Enrollment by U.S. Medical School and Race/Ethnicity, 2016-2017: https://www.aamc.org/download/321540/data/factstableb5.pdf. Accessed March 28, 2017.
AACOM, 2017, Total Enrollment by Race and Ethnicity 1976-2017: http://www.aacom.org/docs/default-source/data-and-trends/1976-17-TtlEby-RE.xlsx. Accessed March 28, 2017.