Resources for Minority Applicants
Individual medical schools in the U.S. offer a range of academic support programs, summer enrichment programs, institutes, workshops and pre-matriculation programs to assist high school and college students from under-represented groups prepare for medical school.
Summer programs assist students with academic preparation, refine research skills, acquire clinical observation time, prepare for the MCAT, and generally navigate the admissions process. Students may wish to consult the publication “Minority Student Opportunities in United States Medical Schools” or contact the individual medical schools directly.
Most medical schools have minority admissions offices that seek out qualified students, help them navigate the admissions process, and provide assistance to students during medical school.
The Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR)
The Medical Minority Applicant Registry provides underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged students with the opportunity to distribute biographic information about themselves to medical schools and certain health-related organizations. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) defines an underrepresented individual in medicine as Black American, American Indian, Mexican American, Mainland Puerto Rican, and/or low-income. Students wishing to apply for Med-MAR would do so upon taking the MCAT.
The Aspiring Docs organization represents all 134 accredited U.S. medical schools, 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies.
Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP)
Located at eleven medical schools across the country, MMEP is a fully funded summer medical preparatory program for highly motivated premed students. The intensive six-week program is considered to strengthen students’ medical school application and hopes to contribute to increased admission of minority students in medicine.
AMSA’s Minority Affairs Committee (MAC)
MAC concerns itself with issues regarding minorities in health-related professions as well as promotes education of health-related matters affecting underrepresented minority communities. MAC provides a comprehensive list of existing financial aid programs designed specifically for minority students. The committee’s website includes both national financial aid opportunities and school-specific scholarships and foundations. Additional resources are available on the American Medical Student Association’s Minority Affairs website at http://www.amsa.org/adv/mac/macres.cfm.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The SNMA is a medical student organization that focuses its efforts on enhancing opportunities for medical students of color and strives to provide health-related assistance to underserved communities. The SNMA is committed to community service and offers many volunteer opportunities for premed and medical students to educate underrepresented communities.
American Latino Medical Association (ALMA)
ALMA was formed by Latino medical students from Meharry Medical College and aims to raise awareness about healthcare and education discrepancies between Latino communities and the national population. ALMA also provides support for Latinos interested in and attending medical school, working to ensure that they achieve a successful medical education.
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Grants are given to schools whose students are primarily from underrepresented minorities. The schools then distribute the money so selected students can pursue studies leading to Ph.D. and a research career.