Increasing diversity in the medical profession is an important goal for pre-med students and medical school admissions officers alike, as shown by the results of two surveys released by Kaplan Test Prep.
Petros Minasi, senior director of pre-health programs for Kaplan Test Prep, said increasing diverse representation among physicians to better reflect the American population is one of the most significant discussions occurring in both medical education and higher education.
“I think it just goes back to the fact that it's one of the biggest issues that continues to be in discussion among the medical education community,” Minasi said. “Therefore, it should be, as you look at it (and) you look at some of the data as far as from our own survey, there's kind of this opportunity as far as growing diversity in the medical profession a bunch. It's an important discussion to continue to have.”
In January, 245 pre-med students who had taken a Kaplan MCAT course and sat for the MCAT exam were asked whether they thought it was important for the American medical profession to be more demographically representative of the general patient population.
The results of the survey show of the students surveyed, 80 percent believe it is important to make the medical profession more demographically representative.