Good News! Number of Black Medical School Students Is Increasing

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that 3,482 African Americans applied to medical school in 2009. This is up by more than 4 percent from a year ago. Overall applications to medical school were up by less than 1 percent. The number of black applicants to medical school is approaching the all-time high of 3,527, which occurred in 1996.

There were 1,312 new black entrants at U.S. medical schools in 2009. This is 19 more than in 2008. But the number of new black entrants at U.S. medical schools is still 14 percent below the level that existed in the mid-1990s.