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A Push For Diversity In Medical School Is Slowly Paying Off

American medical schools have historically been disproportionately white, but they are starting to attract more diverse students. The change may be the result of a diversity policy with teeth.
Currently students of color are underrepresented in medical schools, but their numbers are slowly growing. Source: Getty Images

In 2009, the body that accredits medical schools issued a new requirement: All medical schools must implement policies that help them attract and retain more diverse students. Failure to do so can lead to citations from this body, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and can affect their status as accredited institutions.

This effort appears to be working. In a in researchers examine the changing demographics of medical students from 2002 to 2017. They found an increase in diversity

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