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October 16, 1967

Negroes for Medicine: Report of a Conference

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From the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, New York.

JAMA. 1967;202(3):213-214. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130160087018

Negroes constitute 11.4% of the population of the United States, but only 2.2% of the nation's physicians are Negroes. They represent one of the large untapped sources of personnel for medicine. In 1975, when the new medical schools presently being developed are in full operation, we will have openings for more than 2,500 additional first-year medical students. It is quite probable that by 1975 public demand for more physicians will make this estimate obsolete.

Beyond the need for more applicants to medical school lies the obligation to educate a significantly greater number of Negroes for careers in medicine and in the other health professions. Today every medical school in the United States will accept qualified Negro applicants; in fact many schools are searching for them. Many admissions officers are suddenly asking "Where are qualified Negro applicants?" The almost total absence of these applicants reflects problems stretching back through college to