Medical Schools See Record Number of Applicants, Specifically in Black and Latino Students

Becoming a doctor is not an easy feat. There’s a lot of time, effort, stress, money and determination put into just getting into medical school, plus years of training before a doctor can practice on their own.



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The profession has had an identity associated with it for decades that doesn’t necessarily resemble the ever changing demographics of America, but there’s a slow shift happening.

The Association of American Medical Colleges, AAMC, said applications to medical school are at an ‘all-time high.’ Specifically, they’ve noticed an increase in Black and Latino students applying to further dreams of becoming physicians.

There is not an exact reason to explain the increase, but experts believe the pandemic and other events from 2020 may have a role.

“I think we can look at our society and what’s happening on the news day-to-day in terms of not only the

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WALGREENS PHARMACY & HEALTHCARE SVP RICK GATES SPEAKS WITH MEG TIRRELL LIVE DURING CNBC’S HEALTHY RETURNS SPOTLIGHT TODAY

WHEN: Today, Tuesday, February 9th 

WHERE: CNBC’s “Healthy Returns Spotlight: Prognosis for Recovery”

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Rick Gates, Walgreens Pharmacy & Healthcare SVP, and CNBC’s Senior Health & Science Reporter Meg Tirrell live during CNBC’s Healthy Returns Spotlight today, Tuesday, February 9th. Full video will be available at cnbc.com/healthy-returns.

All references must be sourced to CNBC’s Healthy Returns Spotlight.

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TYLER MATHISEN: Walgreens is at the center of the vaccine rollout and will play an increasingly vital role in the coming weeks and months in inoculating millions of Americans in all corners of the country.  To give us a behind-the-scenes look at this monumental challenge is Rick Gates, the head of pharmacy and healthcare at Walgreens, and he will be interviewed by my friend and CNBC’s senior health and science reporter, Meg Tirrell.  Meg, the floor

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