Article from the US looking at the positive impact of changing accreditation standards has had on increasing the diversity of medical students.
Almost 10 years ago, the organization that accredits U.S. medical schools issued two new requirements intended to increase the diversity of students studying to be physicians.
The effort apparently succeeded, according to a new study, which reports increased rates women, Black and Hispanic students studying in U.S. medical schools.
The research letter, published in JAMA, found an increased percentage of both women and minority students since 2009, when the Liaison Committee on Medical Education introduced two new standards. The standards mandated that U.S. medical schools undertake efforts to attract and retain students from diverse backgrounds and develop programs to broaden diversity among qualified applicants or risk their accreditation status.
Researchers used data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and reviewed the diversity of student populations at 210 medical schools from 2002 through 2017, calculating the annual percentage of female, Black, Hispanic, Asian and white students. For that time period, the number of female, Black, Hispanic and Asian students increased.....