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AAMC Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

Washington, D.C., June 23, 2016AAMC (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 has closed this eight-year chapter by upholding the constitutionality of the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions process. The court’s decision re-affirms the educational benefits of diversity and defers to the good-faith judgments of educators who strive to achieve those benefits for their students and for society as a whole. The decision embraces the notion of diversity as multi-dimensional, and bolsters the use of individualized, holistic review in admissions, based on each school’s mission and circumstances.

Diversity is a vital component of excellence in education, clinical care, and research at the nation’s medical schools. In light of this decision, U.S. medical schools may continue their institution-specific efforts to ensure that graduating physicians are prepared to practice medicine in an increasingly diverse society, and to address the disparities that exist in today’s health care system.

We view the court’s decision as reinforcing the ability of medical schools to conduct holistic evaluations of applicants, including personal interviews of every student. The AAMC will continue to support the work of medical schools as they craft and periodically review the impact of holistic review processes that are narrowly tailored to achieve each school’s unique educational mission.” 

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 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 more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.