The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made it known that the Trump administration’s ruling on consideration of race in university admissions, raises concern about future diversity numbers at medical schools. The statement from the AAMC comes just months after the organization raised alarm “with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about delays in processing visas for medical residents scheduled to start their training at hospitals around the country in July. The issue has since been resolved.”
The big issue with a fall in diversity numbers in medical schools are the communities it may hurt. According to the Fierce Healthcare website
A study published in the Journal of Higher Education found that bans on affirmative action in six states reduced first-time enrollment of medical school students who are historically underrepresented students of color from about 18.5% to about 15.3%. The study linked racial and ethnic diversity at medical schools to “more culturally competent physicians, and physicians who are from underrepresented minority groups are more likely than their nonminority peers to serve minority populations and provide care to other medically underserved populations, such as socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals.”
The government ruling comes after a recent report from the AAMC revealed that 99% of respondents said they had or were planning on creating programs to increase diversity in their medical schools. Despite the ruling currently keeping other policy such as affirmative action in place, many people are worried the latest action is just precursor of more to come.
“We are deeply concerned that this signals opposition to the consideration of race as one of many individualized factors in higher education admissions, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has upheld this practice for 40 years, and as recently as 2016,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.