AAMC Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
Washington, D.C., June 24, 2013—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement on today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al:
“The AAMC is pleased that the Supreme Court continues to recognize the educational benefits of diversity and the appropriateness of individualized, holistic review in admissions. Diversity is a vital component of excellence in education, clinical care, and research at the nation’s medical schools and is a requirement for accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
In light of this decision, U.S. medical schools will continue their institution-specific efforts to ensure that graduating physicians are prepared to practice medicine in an increasingly diverse society. We view the court’s decision as reinforcing the ability of medical schools to conduct holistic evaluations of applicants, including personal interviews of every selected student. The AAMC will continue to work with medical schools in crafting and carefully reviewing the impact of holistic review processes that are narrowly tailored to achieve each school’s unique educational mission.
Through holistic consideration of each applicant’s background and experiences, medical schools are working to create a more culturally competent physician workforce prepared to meet the health needs of an increasingly diverse nation and eliminate the disparities that exist in today’s health care system.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 144 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom.