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Diversity and Health Equity
Health Professions | Medical Schools and Student Aid | Profiles of Success
To increase diversity in medical education and to advance health care equity in the United States, AAMC efforts focus on four general areas:
diversifying the applicant pool and encouraging more African Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans to consider medicine as a career;
working to reduce health disparities;
supporting a more diverse medical school faculty and administration; and
conducting research on the impact of diversity.
AAMC’s advocacy efforts support these goals.
News and Updates
February 3, 2017
President Trump Jan. 27 signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The executive order suspends for 90 days (i.e., until April 27, 2017) the “immigrant and nonimmigrant entry” of aliens “from” Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, or those who have traveled to such countries on or after March 1, 2011.
January 13, 2017
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Jan. 12 reintroduced bipartisan legislation (S. 128) to protect undocumented students and medical residents, among others, should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued under the incoming Trump Administration.
January 6, 2017
The U.S. District Court in North Texas Dec. 3 issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of certain provisions in Sec. 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which extends nondiscrimination protections to transgendered individuals in health programs who receive federal assistance.
December 16, 2016
AMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, sent a Dec. 8 letter urging President-elect Trump not to revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action without a permanent fix, and sent a Dec. 7 letter in support of Senators working on a legislative safety net for individuals currently with DACA status.
AAMC Submits Letter to OMB on Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity
October 28, 2016
AMC Oct. 26 submitted a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the standards for maintaining, collecting, and presenting federal data on race and ethnicity. The request for comment was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016.