Miller School’s First-Year Class is Most Diverse Ever

Diversity is the hallmark of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s first-year class of 2020.

“Our incoming ‘class with perfect vision’ is the most diverse in our school’s history,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Bernard J. Fogel Chair in Medical Education, Professor of Medicine, and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education.

The 198 first-year students, including 48 in the school’s M.D./M.P.H. program, are noteworthy for their racial, ethnic and gender diversity, said Mechaber.

“We achieved a 63 percent increase in under-represented minorities this year,” he added. That includes an 80 percent increase in African American students, a 55 percent increase in Hispanic students and a 49 percent increase in women students.

“Women make up 57 percent of the 2020 class,” Mechaber said, noting that the medical education team worked closely with the Miller School’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Office of Admissions to reach out to highly qualified students from all backgrounds. “The medical education team also partnered with individual students and Miller School student groups (the Latino Medical Student Association, the Student National Medical Association, MedicOut, American Medical Women Association, and Continuing the Conversation), who were particularly helpful in new initiatives to promote our school and attract this very special class.

“We have maintained the high academic caliber of our students, while focusing on our University’s values of diversity and inclusion,” Mechaber said.

“This is a challenging time in health care. We want to give our students the tools and skills they need as clinicians, researchers and educators so they can be the health care leaders of the future.”

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