The number of minorities who applied for and enrolled in medical schools grew in 2010, a trend that was most pronounced among Hispanic males, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Total enrollment for Hispanic male students grew more than 17%, and Hispanic female enrollees by 1.6% with a total of 1,539 Hispanics starting medical school this year. Enrollment for white students increased by 1.5% and by 3% for African Americans.
One of the reasons there is an increase in the number of Hispanics in medical school is because there are more Hispanics applying to go to medical school. This year 3,271 student applied versus 3,061 in 2009, a 7 percent increase.
Another reason for the increases is that more schools are outreaching to Hispanics and promoting medicine as a compelling and interesting career option