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Is the small number of Filipino matriculants to medical schools due to less Filipino students applying than the other applicant population pool (source: MSAR)? I've noticed that some classes that are over 100+ students in size have less than 5 Filipino matriculants, sometimes even none. I am just curious as to why this is so? Maybe someone could propose a better/more valid reason than just the assumption that not that many Filipino students apply to medical school. I'm not sure whether I should just leave my ethnicity/race box empty on my AMCAS as I'm Filipino :p
 
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Is the small number of Filipino matriculants to medical schools due to less Filipino students applying than the other applicant population pool (source: MSAR)? I've noticed that some classes that are over 100+ students in size have less than 5 Filipino matriculants, sometimes even none. I am just curious as to why this is so? Maybe someone could propose a better/more valid reason than just the assumption that not that many Filipino students apply to medical school. I'm not sure whether I should just leave my ethnicity/race box empty on my AMCAS as I'm Filipino :p
I would list it. If you were Chinese-American or Korean-American without an obviously Asian-sounding surname then I would say leave it blank, but you're right -- there aren't many Filipino-Americans in the medical professions. I don't think it will necessarily give you a boost, but I don't think you'll get the Asian strike against you like some of the Chinese/Korean folks will (due to the massive overrepresentation).
 

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Well Filipino Americans make up about 1.1% of the population in the U.S. so in a class of 100 I would expect only 1 (and so if you see classes that have 5, then that mean another 4 schools might not take any and that would still be okay).

I know a lot of this is also going to be based on location in the United States. I've lived on both the West Coast and in the South East, and I could count the number of times in one hand that I met a Filipino American in the South East, although I know that's certainly not the case in California. In the same way, I would expect medical schools to reflect that (you're more likely to matriculate at a school close to where you're from).
 

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I don't think Filipinos are pushed into going into higher education as much as their Chinese/Korean/Indian/Bengali/Vietnamese counterparts. I'm from a city that has a ton of Filipino people (naval base) but at the college I'm at now (same state), there are hardly any. A lot of Filipinos from where I live go into the navy or into nursing. I've noticed that Filipino parents don't push their kids to be doctors/engineers like their other Asian counterparts and let them do whatever they want. My girlfriend, who is Filipino, has said all these things throughout the years. I think Filipinos do get some sort of affirmative action when they are entering college, but I don't know about medical schools.
 

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The stereotype is that they all go into nursing.
 
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They all go into nursing, it's not a stereotype.

Lul.
 
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Come to think of it, all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles are nurses! lol
 

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50% of IMG nurses are filipino and there are tons of filipino IMG doctors (over 20,000). Hell, my pediatrician was filipino. Not really underrepresented because of IMG's
 

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They all go into nursing, it's not a stereotype.

Lul.
This is true. I'm a lab instructor for a human anatomy course which is a prereq for my school's nursing program, and the majority of students are filipino.
 
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It's very true that a lot of Filipinos are nurses. My dad is one. He was a doctor back in the Philippines but we moved, and yeah... I'm pretty sure it's because it's not hard to get a good paying job as a nurse, and it's also cheaper than going into medical school.

When it comes to being pushed by parents to become doctors, I think it's a case by case basis. My parents were both doctors in the Philippines and so they definitely push me to being a doctor.

For the most part, Filipino parents encourage their children to take on a profession that will give them a good stable income. That's why when I tell my dad that I might just get a PhD and become a college professor, he freaks out a little because the pay isn't really that good :D