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More minorities are entering medical school

The Association of American Medical Colleges announced today that the number of minorities (.pdf, see page 2) entering medical school is on the rise. The Hill's Healthwatch reports:

The increase was most pronounced among Hispanics, who saw first-year enrollment jump to 1,539 in 2010 - 9 percent above 2009 levels, AAMC found. For black students, the increase was 2.9 percent (to 1,350), while Asians saw enrollment rise 2.4 percent, to 4,214.

The number of first-year white students, meanwhile, was 12,094 in 2010 - up 0.4 percent from 2009, the group said.

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch said the numbers - which reflect a national trend toward increased diversity - are good news for patients.

"You don't improve the health of communities without having a workforce that reflects the diversity of those communities," Kirch told reporters on a phone call Wednesday.

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