Just last year there was a call for more African-American doctors with the Association of American Medical Colleges predicting a major physician shortage in the USA by 2025 of 130,000 doctors “of all racial and ethnic backgrounds,” reported Amednews.com.
That’s why the news that the Medical University of South Carolina’s class of 2020 will have the highest number of minority medical students ever is exceptionally good news.
“The Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Medicine (MUSC COM) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the fifth largest number of African-American medical students in the U.S., outside of historically black colleges and universities. In addition, the American Association of Medical Colleges ranks MUSC COM in the 96th percentile for medical schools with the most African-American students,” reported Black News.
MUSC COM enrolled 129 underrated minority medical students for the 2015-2016 academic year. This represents 18 percent of the medical student body. And, 95 (13 percent of the student body) are identified as African-American.
This increase in minority students is due to a push for diversity in the school’s recruitment through a number of initiatives. “Since 2012, MUSC’s “Opening Doors” medical scholarship program has funded 27 scholarships to URM students to ease their financial burden as they pursue medical careers,” reported Black News.
Some of MUSC College of Medicine Diversity Initiatives included: URM Student Pipeline Programs for development and recruitment; URM Student Mentorship for development and retention; URM Resident recruitment, development and retention; and URM Faculty recruitment, development, and retention.
It’s clear what the Medical University of South Carolina is doing is working; we only hope other schools follow suit.