The Medical Schools With the Highest Percentage of Graduates Who Are Black

medical-symbolAccording to the Association of American Medical Colleges, in 2011, 1,129 African Americans graduated from U.S. medical schools. Blacks were 6.5 percent of all medical school graduates. Of the 1,129 African Americans earning medical degrees, 195 earned their degrees at the four predominantly Black medical schools at Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, and UCLA/Charles Drew. Thus, 17 percent of all Black doctors earned their medical degrees at a predominantly Black school.

There are 12 predominantly White medical schools where Blacks made up at least 10 percent of the 2011 graduating class. At Duke University, 20 of the 100 graduating medical doctors were Black, the highest percentage in the country. Ranking second was Weill Cornell Medical College, where 14 of the 93 graduates, or 15.1 percent were Black. In the third spot was the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where 14.1 percent of the 2011 graduates were Black. The other medical schools where Black made up at least 10 percent of all graduates were:

East Carolina University (12.9%)

University of Chicago (12.6%)

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (11.7%)

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (11.7%)

University of Pittsburgh (11.4%)

Medical University of South Carolina (11.1%)

Boston University (10.8%)

Wayne State University (10.3%)

University of South Alabama (10.1%)

There were nine medical schools in the United States in 2011 that did not graduate a single Black physician. They were the University of Hawaii, the University of Missouri at Columbia, the University of North Dakota, the University of New Mexico, the University of Nevada, Dartmouth Medical School, the University of South Dakota, Marshall University, and West Virginia University.

Other medical schools in 2011 where less than 1 percent of all graduates were Black include the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the University of California at San Diego, Rush Medical College in Chicago, the University of Nebraska, Albany Medical College in New York, the University of Utah, and the University of Washington.


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