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Medical Students' Socioeconomic Background and Their Completion of the First Two Years of Medical School

December 2010 Analysis in Brief

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Although the medical school attrition rate is only approximately 3 percent, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, even those with higher MCAT scores, are more likely to withdraw or be dismissed in the first two years of medical school. This negatively impacts a medical school’s ability to maintain a diverse medical student body, since only 15 percent of medical students are from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

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