Increasing the number of physicians from diverse groups has been a priority of medical schools for many years. In response to this commitment, medical schools have instituted programs and resources specifically designed to assist in the recruitment and enrollment of these students.
Many medical schools employ a minority affairs officer who can assist and support underrepresented and/or disadvantaged students throughout the application process.
Underrepresented in Medicine (URM)
The Association of American Colleges (AAMC) defines URM status applicants as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” There are four groups that are defined as URM:
- Black/African American
- Native American (American Indian, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian)
- Mexican American
- Mainland Puerto Rican
Socioeconomic Disadvantaged (SED)
The AAMC determines SED status based on the information provided about the occupation and education levels of an applicant's parents/guardians.