Diversity improves in medical schools: 5 takeaways

In the 2022-2023 academic year, U.S. medical schools continued to see more diversity among enrollees, according to data released Dec. 13 by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Five takeaways from the data:

1. The number of medical school applicants returned to pre-pandemic levels in the 2022-2023 academic year, after rising 17.8 percent in the 2021-2022 academic year, to a record 62,443 applicants.

2. When comparing 2022-23 academic year data with data for the 2020-2021 academic year, the number of medical school applicants grew by 4 percent.

3. When comparing 2022-23 academic year data with data for the 2020-2021 academic year, the number of first-year enrollees (matriculants) grew by 2 percent.

4. The number of Black or African American matriculants — individuals who identified as Black or African American, or as Black or African American and at least one other race/ethnicity category — climbed by 9 percent in the 2022-23 academic year, compared to the prior academic year.

5. Matriculants who identified as Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin, or as Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin and at least one other race/ethnicity category, increased by 4 percent in the 2022-23 academic year, compared to the prior academic year.  

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