ERIC Number: ED350958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Minorities in Medicine: A Guide for Premedical Students.
California State Dept. of Health, Sacramento.
This booklet explains the need for more physicians from underrepresented minority groups and guides the minority student considering a medical career in preparing for and gaining admission to a medical school. Organized in nine sections, the book first introduces the Health Professions Career Opportunity Program and its services which work to increase the number of minority students entering health professions in California. The second section presents statistics illustrating the need for minority physicians. The third section describes the two types of medical degrees, allopathic (Doctor of Medicine, or MD) and osteopathic (Doctor of Osteopathy, or DO) and the training that each entails. The fourth section argues that minorities should consider becoming doctors as a means to serve their own communities. The fifth section gives advice for preparing to go into medicine including selecting the appropriate classes, building a support group, developing study habits and seeking good grades, and gaining useful work experience. The sixth section describes seven steps in the medical school application process. The seventh section discusses financing medical education, and finally, suggestions are offered about what to do if rejected by a medical school. A summary emphasizes the important role that minority physicians can play. An appendix offers additional information on demographics, financial aid programs and other sources of support. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Health, Sacramento.
Identifiers: African Americans; California