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Best Medical Schools with high Black American Matriculants

Discussion in 'Underrepresented in Healthcare' started by powerful_squib, May 17, 2007.

  1. powerful_squib

    powerful_squib Snoop dogg resident 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    New Jersey
    Hi all,

    I'm starting the whole entire process this year, taking the MCAT and applying. My stats are less than stellar but I just wanted to know which medical schools I should look at the most, besides the historically black medical schools. Does the MSAR have these stats. The reason why I ask is because I want to apply to schools where I know I will at least have a slight chance of getting in. If your a black female urm I would really like to know the process that you went through.

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  3. jsnuka

    jsnuka Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 2, 2006
    You can check out this thread.

    Top 10 Medical Schools Graduating Blacks, Native American, Hispanics, and Asians

    The MSAR would have a good deal of the information you are looking for and the Minority Student Opportunities in United States Medical Schools (MSOUSMS) would be helpful to you as well.

    There are a host of suggestions for preparing yourself to be the best possible applicant in many of the threads in this forum and across SDN. Take a good look at them and keep us abreast of how things are going for you.

    Good Luck and Welcome!!!:luck:
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  4. QofQuimica

    QofQuimica Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting.... Administrator Physician PhD Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    I would like to suggest though that you don't limit yourself to just those schools that have historically graduated a lot of black students. All schools in this country will consider you if you're a competitive applicant, and even schools that have historically not had many URM students want to recruit talented URM students who meet their requirements. The best options for most students, regardless of race, are usually their state schools. You should use the MSAR to find other schools where your stats (MCAT and GPA) are at or preferably above the school's averages, and where you match with their mission. For example, if you want to go into research, don't pick schools that emphasize primary care. Also, pay particular attention to residency requirements, and don't apply to schools that don't take people from your state. State residency can make a huge difference in terms of whether you are competitive for certain schools. Some of my state schools (I'm from FL) have relatively low stat averages, but if you're not a FL resident or someone with strong ties to the state of FL, you would be wasting your time applying to them. The MSAR tells you the course pre-requisites for each school as well. Be aware that some schools require extra classes like biochem or calculus.

    In general, make your application as strong as you possibly can, and keep an open mind about where you will end up. You may find yourself being pleasantly surprised by certain schools once you have a chance to visit each school during interviews and see them for yourself. :luck: to you. :)
  5. powerful_squib

    powerful_squib Snoop dogg resident 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    New Jersey
    I saw that thread right after I posted this, thanks for your comment, it's greatly appreciated.
  6. powerful_squib

    powerful_squib Snoop dogg resident 2+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    New Jersey
    Thanks for the advice. I should get the MSAR and the MSOUSMS books. I don't know about the whole In-state thing only because I really don't want to stay in NJ any longer, but I still will apply to both NJMS and RWJ. Thanks for your advice.
  7. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    I am a Black female and now about to complete residency in General Surgery. I chose my medical schools based on location only. I applied to my two of my three state schools, two private schools and one out of state school (loved the curriculum and administration).

    In the United States, any medical school can launch your career provided you do well there. For me, location was a major factor as I knew that I wasn't interested in going to the midwest or west.

    In terms of MSAR, this book will give you average MCAT/GPA,cost of attending along with curriculum and demographic information. It's a very useful book. In terms of averages, they are just that, averages meaning some people are above those numbers and some are below. You need to optimize your application as much as you can to meet or exceed the averages of the medical schools that interest you but in terms of GPA, there is only so much that you can accomplish.

    You can totally rock the MCAT with thorough and meticulous preparation which will do loads in terms of making you a more competitive candidate. You can also make sure that the rest of your AMCAS application is as strong and competitive as possible (good LORs, good extra curriculars, good PS).

    Finally, choose schools that appear to be a good fit for you in terms of location, curriculum, campus environment and averages. You need not limit yourself to HBCUs as most schools are going to look at your entire application. If you are worried about your academics, try to avoid schools that screen by GPA/MCAT. It's hard to know which ones do this but you can get some inkling by looking at the averages in the MSAR. Good luck!

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