Diversity Guides our MD Program

Diversity guides our MD program

AUA’s mission is to provide a learner-centric education of the highest quality, an innovative curriculum, and all the tools necessary to become a practicing physician. AUA’s greatest responsibility and commitment is to advance the field of medicine by educating generations of physicians who will respond to healthcare needs that are both global and local.

We welcome future generations of doctors who aspire to serve communities of people who look like they do, who call the same places home, and whose lives have been shaped by the same experiences.

Underrepresented minorities made up only 13 percent of all students enrolled at US medical schools in 2016. At AUA, they made up 40 percent of the student body that same year.

The number of African American males who apply to and enroll in US medical schools has dropped over the past three and a half decades. In 1978, 542 black males matriculated at US medical schools, but by 2014 that number was down to 515, or just 2.5 percent of all matriculants. At that time, 5.5 percent of AUA’s matriculants identified as black and male. In 2015, the national average had only inched its way up to 2.8 percent, while black males accounted for 10 percent of those who matriculated in AUA’s MD program.

Underrepresented minorities matriculated in 2016
US Med School on Average AUA
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AUA matriculated over 3 times the national average of underrepresented minorities in 2016.

Among 17% of the US population who identified as Hispanic or Latino in 2013, only 4.4 percent made up the physician workforce, which is illustrative of a larger problem. How can this or any other underserved population be adequately supported by the medical profession if they do not have doctors in their communities who are also members of those communities? In the hopes of opening doors by removing some of the financial burden for minorities, AUA created two $50,000 scholarships: the Physician Diversity Initiative, a scholarship for underrepresented minorities and the New York Minority Physician Award, a scholarship for Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian students from New York State.

 

AUA has enrolled students from these HBCUs:

• Bowie State University

• Claflin University

• Fisk University

• Hampton University

• Morgan State University

• Prairie View A & M University

• Tuskegee University

• University of the District of Columbia

• Xavier University of Louisiana

These students from HBCUs obtained residencies at:

• University of Alabama Medical Center (Internal Medicine)

• Elizabeth Health Center (Family Medicine)

• Elizabeth Hospital in DC (Psychiatry)

• Pitt County Memorial Hospital/East Carolina University (Family Medicine)

• University of Arkansas (Family Medicine)

• Henry Ford Hospital (Family Medicine)

• Morehouse School of Medicine (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry)

• John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County (Internal Medicine)

• Hennepin County Medical Center (Family Medicine, Psychiatry)

• Cooper University Hospital (Primary Medicine)

• Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine (Family Medicine, Pediatrics)

• Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University (Psychiatry, Internal Medicine)

• Medical College of Georgia (Internal Medicine)

• Albert Einstein Health Network (Surgery)

• LSU Health Sciences Center (Family Medicine)

• Stony Brook Teaching Hospital (Psychiatry)

• University Texas Medical School (Child Neurology)

• Hofstra Northwell Health System/Southside Hospital (Family Medicine)

• Howard University Hospital (Internal Medicine)

In addition to increasing minority representation in MD programs, AUA’s push for diversity is a major part of its response to the national physician shortage. That shortfall is projected to be up to 104,900 doctors by 2030. With primary care being one of the areas most affected, it makes perfect sense that these specialties are where AUA places its emphasis.