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Minority Admissions, What ethnicity is considered?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by poppapenn, Jan 10, 2001.

  1. poppapenn

    poppapenn New Member

    Jan 9, 2001
    Hi all,

    I have some Puerto Rican blood running thru me(parents are 1/2), do the admissions board consider this a minority??
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  3. thumbelina

    thumbelina Junior Member

    Jan 9, 2001
    are pacific islanders minorities?
  4. If you look slightly puerto rican, I would have my name legally changed to Rico, Juan, or Jose. If you do that, learn a little spanish, and you're in.
  5. Well the official 'line' from the medical schools is that they are primarily looking for minorities who have a strong ethnic/cultural affiliation, thereby making it a more complicated matter than just blood makeup and genetics.

    However, if you ask me, I say the med schools will definitely give you some advantage in admissions, even if you are far removed from your culture, just to proudly enhance their minority statistics.

    Yes, pacific islanders and Puerto Ricans are considered under-represented minorities as far as I know.

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    [This message has been edited by baylor21 (edited 01-11-2001).]
  6. lilycat

    lilycat Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2000
    In response to your original question, I definitely think that would entitle you to minority status. I'll use an example of a friend who applied last year -- one of her parents is caucasian, one is originally middle eastern, but was raised in a Central American country. Both parents are fluent in Spanish. Friend in question identified herself as "Hispanic" in the admissions process. Personally, I found the rationale behind this a little shady, but to her credit, I believe she was also extremely active in Latino-oriented clubs and associations in college.
  7. P.R.BrainDrainOK

    P.R.BrainDrainOK Junior Member

    Jun 27, 2000
    In answer to the original post: No.
    Be what you are, an american. Forget about the blood percentages that you may have, that's ludicrous. If your culture is not hispanic, if you were not raised hispanic, and your parents are only half hispanic. . . C'mon! However, being a woman can still work to your advantage in the admissions process.
  8. P.R.BrainDrainOK

    P.R.BrainDrainOK Junior Member

    Jun 27, 2000
    Sorry, that is, IF you ARE a woman.
  9. Cobragirl

    Cobragirl Hoohaa helper ;) 10+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2000
    In residency HELL
    It's not helping me much yet.... [​IMG]

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