Minority Enrollment Down at California Medical Schools

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Minority Enrollment Down at California Medical Schools


SAN DIEGO-None of the 196 Black students who applied to the University of California-San Diego medical school has been accepted, a consequence of the affirmative action ban within the prestigious public institution, officials said late last month.

Admissions for the fall term will be down among Hispanic students to less than a third of last year's levels, according to the preliminary figures. There are 122 first-year slots in the medical school and 4,867 applied.

"I'm deeply concerned about the numbers," said Dr. Robert Resnik, dean of admissions for the medical school. "Our inability to achieve diversity is inconsistent with our desire to turn out more physicians in under-represented areas."

Last year, three Black students were admitted to the San Diego medical school, one of five medical programs in the UC system.

These latest figures are similar to those at three UC law schools that experienced plummeting minority enrollment this year. The law school numbers have prompted a federal investigation into UC's new race-blind admissions policy, which went into effect with this fall's graduate school class.

Fewer under-represented minority students were accepted at the medical schools at UC-San Francisco and UC-Irvine, according to preliminary figures that could change slightly in the next month. …

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