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In June 2003, the Association of American Medical Colleges Executive Council adopted the following:
"’Underrepresented in medicine' means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." The Department of Medicine and the Diversity Council follow this definition, as does the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The definition helps medical schools accomplish three important objectives:
- To shift focus from a fixed aggregation of four racial and ethnic groups to a continually evolving underlying reality. The definition accommodates including and removing underrepresented groups on the basis of changing demographics of society and the profession.
- To shift focus from a national perspective to a regional or local perspective on underrepresentation.
- To stimulate data collection and reporting on the broad range of racial and ethnic self-descriptions.
For more information concerning this definition, visit the AAMC website: https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/urm/.