Posted here for more action, since premeds are a lovely bunch. Am I a URM? http://forums.studentdoctor.net/archive/index.php/t-61718.html What is the current definition of URM according to AAMC? 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." http://www.aamc.org/meded/urm/statusofnewdefinition.pdf http://www.aamc.org/meded/urm/start.htm Adopted by the AAMC's Executive Council on June 26, 2003, the definition helps medical schools accomplish three important objectives: 1. 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, 2. A shift in focus from a national perspective to a regional or local perspective on underrepresentation, and 3. 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. 1. How many programs actually put into practice this current definition? 2. Does the current definition actually help accomplish those three important objectives listed? (Personally, I don't know that it does). 3. Is the definition of "URM" before June 26, 2003 still widely used and practiced, knowingly or not? I'm Laotian a sub-group that is underrepresented in medicine but part of the Asian classification which is not URM. I found this one link that comments on URM regarding SE Asians (and Pacific Islanders). FYI: The comment is in 2002, before AAMC URM's 2003 clarification. http://www.apiahf.org/policy/research/20020515_comments_to_AAMC.htm According to the current definition (and the objectives they hope to accomplish with it) I think I would be URM depending on location but I'm still not sure. I think I would have to check Other and then write in Laotian. Edit: Made changes to post because I thought the clarification was an amendment to the definition, but it seems it is the definition.