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There is no such thing as a URM in medical school admissions anymore

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Adapt, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Adapt

    Adapt 2K Member
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    For anyone interested, the term URM is no longer used in medical school admissions. Instead, the term "underrepresented in medicine" is used. Here is a FAQ regarding this new definition. Since it is so long, I will include a few parts of it in quotes. It has been discussed in another thread if all hispanics are underrepresented in medicine now. Question 7 says that a person is underrepresented in medicine if he or she chooses "hispanic" on AMCAS.

    http://www.aamc.org/meded/urm/urmfaq.pdf

    "Approved by the Association of American Medical
    Colleges' Executive Council on June 26, 2003,
    the new definition states:
    "Underrepresented in medicine" means those
    racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented
    in the medical profession relative to
    their numbers in the general population.
    The new definition is effective immediately."

    "7. Can a person be considered "underrepresented
    in medicine" if any of the racial and ethnic categories
    with which he/she self-identifies is among
    those reported as underrepresented?
    Yes. A person can be considered a member of a
    group underrepresented in medicine if he/she
    selects either a Hispanic ethnicity or any one of
    the racial groups identified as underrepresented
    in the medical profession relative to its numbers
    in the general population.
    (See Data Collection–
    Role of the AAMC section in the next column.)"

    "2. Is the AAMC still using the acronym "URM"
    for the new definition?
    No. In the former definition, the Association
    identified four racial and ethnic minority groups
    that were then underrepresented minorities in
    medicine. Individuals and groups could refer to
    themselves as underrepresented minorities or
    "URMs."
    This is no longer true with the new definition. It
    does not specify explicitly which ethnic and racial
    populations are underrepresented, and it refers
    to groups, not to individuals. It is not possible to
    say, for example, that "Mary Smith is underrepresented
    in medicine." Mary may identify with a
    racial or ethnic population that is underrepresented,
    but it is the group or population that is
    considered underrepresented, not Mary.
    If the AAMC or its constituents use the term
    "URM" for both definitions, it will cause confusion.
    It is suggested that underrepresented
    minority or "URM" be used for the former definition,
    and the phrase "underrepresented in
    medicine" be used for the new definition."
     
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  3. JohnHolmes

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    I support the change, but an wary that the broader definitions may invite abuse of a system underlined in good intentions...

    JH
     
  4. Ryo-Ohki

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  5. JohnHolmes

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    Yo, dude, whatsa bad karma for that post for?

    :eek:
    >:oops:

    CCW
     
  6. Ryo-Ohki

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    huh?



    .............NI!
     

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