A Check-Up on Black Enrollments and Graduates of U.S. Medical Schools

Black DocThe Association of American Medical College reports that during the 2011-12 academic year there were 5,580 African Americans enrolled in U.S. medical schools. They were 6.9 percent of all medical school enrollments.

While the number of African American enrollments in U.S. medical schools increased by nearly 8 percent over the past decade, the Black percentage of all medical school enrollments has decreased. A decade ago, Blacks were 7.4 percent of all medical school enrollments.

In 2011, 1,129 African Americans graduated from U.S. medical schools. Blacks were 6.5 percent of all medical school graduates. This is the lowest percentage since 1996. In 1998, Blacks were 7.5 percent of all medical school graduates, the highest level in history.

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  1. Celeste Cunningham says:

    Confused. Are you saying nation wide the percentage of Blacks in medical schools increased, but world wide they decreased?

    • Editor says:

      No. The data shows that the number of Blacks increased but the Black percentage of all students declined.

  2. William says:

    What percentage attend the 4 HBCU medical schools – Charles Drew, Howard, Morehouse, and Meharry?

    • Editor says:

      In 2011, 1,129 African Americans graduated from U.S. medical schools. Of these 195 or 17.3%, were from Drew(8), Howard (76), Meharry (76), and Morehouse (35).

  3. Ashley Payne says:

    How are the needs of African American males being addressed in the U.S. medical schools? The average ACT score has consistently averaged at 17. The correlation between this score and the MCAT shows a 5% correlation (when using the average MCAT score at 21). Now with the implementation of the “new” MCAT what will the U.S. medical schools do to increase diversity to a dwindling African American male presence.

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