Healthy Trend: A Slight Increase in Black First-Year Medical School Students

In 2010, 3,475 African Americans applied to U.S. medical schools. This was down slightly from 2009 but still very close to the all-time high. In 2010 blacks were 8.1 percent of all medical school applicants, down from 8.2 percent in 2009.

This fall 1,350 African Americans enrolled as first-year students at U.S. medical schools. This was a nearly 3 percent increase from a year ago. In 2010 blacks made up 7.2 percent of all first-year enrollees at medical schools.