Black and Hispanic enrollment in U.S. medical schools has increased by two and a half percent and eight percent, respectively, since 2003. These figures were released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Hispanic enrollment gains were especially noticeable among the Mexican-American male population, with 200 new enrollees compared to 156 last year.
In addition, the number of applicants (including minority applicants) also grew considerably. Almost 36,000 individuals applied to medical schools in the 2004-2005 school year, a 2.7 percent increase over last year's figures.
Black and Hispanic applicants contributed to the rise with 2.3 percent and 2.5 percent increases respectively. These statistics reflect the first admissions cycle since the U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in June of 2003. AAMC president Jordan J. Cohen said that he has been encouraged by these gains in minority enrollment but that "there is still much work to be done."