Report Documents Decline of Black Males in Medicine



At the largest gathering of African-American physicians and health care professionals in the country, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a new report, “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine,” that details the steady decline of Black males applying to and attending medical school since 1978.


Leaders from the AAMC and the National Medical Association (NMA) brought together presidents of the nation’s historically Black universities and medical colleges to discuss perspectives from the publication during a town hall event at the NMA’s annual national convention and scientific assembly.


The AAMC collected the perspectives of Black premedical students, physicians, researchers, and leaders and captured the major themes from the interviews. The report also highlights research and data from various sources to explore the factors that may contribute to this trend.


The report was released Monday, Aug. 3 at a town hall meeting in Detroit, Michigan.


The AAMC is a not-for-profit association representing all 144 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies.


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