A Check-Up of Black Progress in U.S. Medical Schools

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the number of black applicants to U.S. medical schools in 2011 was up slightly from a year ago. There were 3,640 black applicants to medical school this year, compared to 3,475 a year ago. This is an increase of  4.7 percent. Overall, the number of applicants to U.S. medical schools was up 2.8 percent in 2011 compared to a year ago. Blacks made up 8.3 percent of all applicants to medical schools in the United States.

In 2011, 1,375 blacks enrolled in first-year classes at U.S. medical schools. This was up from 1,350 a year ago. Blacks make up 7.2 percent of the first-year students at U.S. medical schools.

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