AAMC July 27, 2023
By Patrick Boyle

The court’s rejection of considering race in college admissions leaves academic leaders worried, but hopeful about other diversity strategies.

The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on race-conscious admissions programs in higher education has left medical school administrators scrambling to figure out how to maintain their commitment to racial diversity among their students and, subsequently, in the medical field. Under the ruling, schools may not consider an applicant’s race in admissions, something that some colleges have taken into consideration to increase diversity.

“We’re feeling like a lot of the work that’s being done will get pushed away,” says Anthony Williams, MD, assistant dean for admissions at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. “There’s...

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