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.
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