Medical Minority Applicant Registry
The Association of American Medical Colleges works to increase the number of minority medical students by distributing information about prospective students to medical schools. This service is provided by the subgroup of the AAMC known as the Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR).
The Med-MAR program is open to any students who have taken the Medical College Admissions Test and are either part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group or economically disadvantaged. Students who choose to participate in the registry will have their biographical information sent to designated medical schools upon their completion of the MCAT. The information that will be forwarded includes: name; address; date of birth; Social Security number; state of legal residence; racial/or ethnic self-description; undergraduate college; major; and MCAT scores.
There are a couple of reasons why this service can benefit minority students. For one, many smaller medical schools specialize in training individuals from underrepresented groups. The Med-MAR program can help introduce students to these programs and vice versa. Also, the Med-MAR program is frequently used by medical schools who are actively seeking to increase minority enrollment. Thanks to Med-MAR, these schools can now contact potential applicants immediately and directly. Studies performed by the AAMC suggest that minority students are more likely to apply and be accepted to schools when a relationship with the admissions department is initiated early. It should be noted that the Med-MAR program neither offers advice concerning specific schools to students nor influences admissions decisions. The sole purpose of the Med-MAR program is to identify potential applicants from underrepresented groups.
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