Am I a URM? http://forums.studentdoctor.net/archive/index.php/t-61718.html What is the current definition of URM according to AAMC? http://www.aamc.org/meded/urm/statusofnewdefinition.pdf There's a "clarification", http://www.aamc.org/meded/urm/start.htm Copy and Pasted: The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Executive Committee adopted a clarification (PDF, 2 pages - 44 KB) to its definition of "underrepresented in medicine" on March 19, 2004, titled "The status of the new AAMC definition of 'underrepresented in medicine' following the Supreme Court's decision in Grutter." The Association of American Medical Colleges (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. How many programs actually put into practice this clarification? Or is "Blacks, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (that is, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and mainland Puerto Ricans" still the norm that is widely used? I'm Laotian a sub-population that is underrepresented in medicine (but average or rise in population) and part of the Asian classification which is not URM. I found this one link that comments on URM regarding SE Asians (and Pacific Islanders) http://www.apiahf.org/policy/research/20020515_comments_to_AAMC.htm According to the clarification I would be URM, but I'm still not sure. I think I would have to check Other and then write in Laotian.