Originally Posted by colombianguy
maybe u are the one that doesnt know or is not aware, i really dislike people like you making a comment like the one you just made, but its cool im going to post the new clasification for you so that next time you might want to post or make a comment, research a little bit more. its mostly anyone whi is underrepresented in medicine.
On March 19, 2004, the AAMC Executive Committee adopted a clarification to its definition of "underrepresented in medicine" following the Supreme Court's decision in Grutter.
The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine is:
"Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population."
Adopted by the AAMC's Executive Council on June 26, 2003, the definition helps medical schools accomplish three important objectives:
- a shift in focus from a fixed aggregation of four racial and ethnic groups to a continually evolving underlying reality. The definition accommodates including and removing underrepresented groups on the basis of changing demographics of society and the profession,
- a shift in focus from a national perspective to a regional or local perspective on underrepresentation, and
- stimulate data collection and reporting on the broad range of racial and ethnic self-descriptions.
Before June 26, 2003, the AAMC used the term "underrepresented minority (URM)," which consisted of Blacks, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (that is, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and mainland Puerto Ricans. The AAMC remains committed to ensuring access to medical education and medicine-related careers for individuals from these four historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
I was trying to offer some insight, but you missed my point entirely. Full disclosure: I was working from knowledge of LSAC's policies (switching from legal focus to medicine), which don't really differ all that much from AAMC's. Maybe it's because you've only been in the US for six years and just don't know how it works, but certain minorities and their sub-groups get a higher preference over others. For example, Native Americans and African-Americans get the biggest boosts in law and medical school admissions because they have the lowest numbers of physicians. Puerto Ricans and Mexicans get the highest considerations among Latino applicants because their numbers are lowest among Latino physicians. Hope you understand now, and realize that I wasn't out to offend you. In short, all URM boosts aren't created equal. Congrats on your acceptance.