Strategies for achieving diversity through medical school admissions

Quinn Capers, Leon McDougle, Daniel M. Clinchot

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The relative lack of diversity in medicine is a rate limiting factor in efforts to eliminate health care disparities. Many medical schools struggle to matriculate student bodies that reflect the diversity of this country. Actively recruiting is one tactic to diversify a medical school’s applicant pool, but in isolation is not enough. Our medical school admissions committee made a number of programmatic changes that contributed to our current compositional diversity that may be instructive to others. This report from the field on the experience of one U.S. medical school describes several admissions committee initiatives that can be undertaken to increase the yield of students from groups underrepresented in medicine who matriculate to medical school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Admissions
  • Diversity
  • Implicit bias
  • Medical school
  • Underrepresented minority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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