AAMC’s Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR) is specifically designed to improve admissions opportunities for students from groups underrepresented in the medical field or who have an economically disadvantaged background. Read on to learn more about AAMC’s Med-MAR registry, to see if you qualify, and to understand how it will help you navigate your way through the med school admissions maze.
Who is the Med-MAR program for?
Med-MAR is for U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident Visa holders who identify as economically disadvantaged or who come from the following historically underrepresented ethnic or racial groups in medicine: African-American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
How do you apply?
Such applicants may opt into the Med-MAR program by either accepting or rejecting participation during MCAT registration.
Why should you consider the Med-MAR program?
Med schools use the registry to help them find applicants that will enrich the diversity of their student body. Disclaimer from the AAMC website: “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.”
Note: Participating in AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP) does not automatically put applicants on the Med-MAR registry.
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