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Minorities in Med School

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by dlacroix, Jan 3, 2001.

  1. dlacroix

    dlacroix Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2000
    Hello All!
    I'm interested in the stories of minorities in med school right now.

    The different experiences, negative and positive, surrounding your being a minority in medical school. As well as the reasons many of you chose to attend med school.

    And those of you that are not minorities, please feel free to share your experiences and/or observations of minorities that are attending med school with you.

    Anything and everything would be helpful.
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  3. Sunlyght

    Sunlyght Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2000
    Los Angeles
    good question...I'm curious about this too. Try posting it in Everyone.

  4. adismo

    adismo covered in moon dust 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2000
    The establishment of higher education, by virtue of its high cost and limited access, has brought fourth more than one type of minority.

    What "minority" were you referring to?
  5. Sunlyght

    Sunlyght Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2000
    Los Angeles
    I'm curious about women, african-american, asian, hispanic. Tell me what you know
  6. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 4, 2000
    Minneapolis, MN
    In my school, women are no longer in the minority (we're the majority). But gay and lesbian students are the minority, and they are not treated well.
  7. gower

    gower 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York
    Djanaba, gays and lesbians are a minority of medical students, but not, as you know, an "official" minority for admission purposes. [Neither are Asians; Hispanics other than Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans are also not "minority"; you also know that but many others are unaware of the AAMC definition].

    Maybe I should not be, but I am surprised to hear that gays and lesbians are not treated well, at least in your medical school. By fellow students? By faculty? By both? By patients? What do you specifically mean by "not treated well." In what way? I like to believe that most highly educated people have shed some of their prejudices; "like to believe," is the operative phrase, although I know that is wishful thinking.

    Before this sets off ad hominum attacks, for the record: I am straight as straight can be!

  8. MSafur

    MSafur Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Queens, NY, USA
    I'm asian (Indian to be exact) and I'm considered a minority by UMDNJ! I just don't get all this, but I could care less whether I'm considered a minority or not. My grades show whether I'm cut out for med school, not my ethnicity/background.
  9. Pilot

    Pilot Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2000
    I agree, but the federal government gives each medical school additional money for each "under-represented minority" in attendance. It may not be an issue for you, but it certainly is for your school. Be sure to mark the appropriate column on your application to increase your chances of acceptance, or if you really want to compete on your grades/MCAT alone, leave the column blank.

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