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Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR)


Med-MAR was created to enhance admission opportunities for groups historically underrepresented in medicine. Students applying to medical school who self-identify as being from groups historically underrepresented in medicine or who are economically disadvantaged and plan to take the MCAT® exam can register for Med-MAR. The program's registry distributes basic biographical information about the examinee and the examinee's MCAT exam scores to minority affairs and admission offices of AAMC-member schools and certain health-related agencies interested in increasing opportunities for students participating in the program.

You are eligible for Med-MAR if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident visa holder, and;
  2. you self-identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group historically underrepresented in medicineAfrican-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or are economically disadvantaged.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and ask to be included in the registry, the following computerized information is made available to U.S. Medical Schools and other health-related agencies: state of legal residence, AAMC ID, test date, name, mailing address, e-mail address, sex, age, undergraduate college, major, racial/ethnic self-description and MCAT exam scores.

A medical school wishing to increase its applicant pool of students from groups who self-identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group historically underrepresented in medicine or who are economically disadvantaged, uses the registry to mail information about the school directly to registrants. Med-MAR registrants are encouraged to apply directly to medical schools they wish to attend.

Med-MAR serves only as a means of identifying and communicating the availability of applicants from groups who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine and/or as economically disadvantaged. No attempt is made by Med-MAR to advise students where to apply or to influence any admissions decisions.

How to Register for Med-MAR

The registration to participate in the Med-MAR is during the MCAT exam registration. During the registration process, the candidate will be prompted to accept or reject this offer. Registration is the only time the candidate will be asked about these releases.

Please read the "Score Release Options" section in the 2013 MCAT® Essentials  to learn more about releasing scores and biographical data to Med-MAR.

Contact Med-MAR

For more information about Med-MAR, please e-mail Lisa Jennings at ljennings@aamc.org