By Christine Morris
A strong commitment to addressing health disparities and health inequities has helped elevate the Miller School of Medicine to the top ranks nationally when it comes to the diversity of its student body.
Of this year’s entering class of medical students, 25% are Hispanic and 11% are African American. That’s 52 Hispanics compared with 22 in the entering class in 2015, and 23 African Americans compared with 10 in the 2015 freshman class.
The Miller School numbers are much higher than the national total of 6% Hispanic freshman medical students in 2018, and 7% black or African American students, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Diversity helps prepare the workforce that will meet the health needs of the nation, and is critical to research into health disparities.