AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 1999, Volume 1, Number 1.

Ethics Poll

Affirmative Action and Medical School Admissions

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

After recent passage of anti-affirmative action laws in several states, US medical schools experienced a 13% drop among underrepresented minority applicants (African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Mainland Puerto Ricans). What actions do you favor to address this situation?

Poll Results

What actions do you favor to address this situation?

205 votes recorded

Increase outreach and recruitment of underrepresented minorities
25 Votes - 12%

Develop special educational programs to prepare underrepresented minorities
21 Votes - 10%

Insist on the same entrance standard for all medical school applicants
92 Votes - 44%

Repeal anti-affirmative action laws
10 Votes - 4%

Apply affirmative action to the economically disadvantaged
57 Votes - 27%

Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.