Zero Incoming Black Med. Students

1 decade 2 months 1 week ago Monday, October 01 2007 Oct 1, 2007 Monday, October 01, 2007 1:14:14 AM CDT October 01, 2007 in News
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For the first time in 30 years, there are zero black students entering MU's Medical School. 

This statistic concerned MU Pre-Med student, Osa Okunbor.  "We need more retention from undergrad all the way through grad," Okunbor said.

Because MU has no black students in the first year medical program, some pre-med students are feeling a little discouraged.

"If you're a med student and you're just going to class with people just like you. When you get to the field, and you're dealing with someone who has nothing in common with you, the only thing you have in common is red blood, then you don't know how to relate. There's a communication barrier," Okunbor said.

Black students comprise between 5-7 percent of all the other medical classes at MU combined.

A second year medical student believes he benefits from the diversity of his class.

"Everybody brings a different outlook, different experiences, different knowledge. So it's nice to have," MU Medical student Parker Hu said. 

MU recruiters say they're doing everything possible to increase minority enrollment but they say there's a lack of qualified minority applicants.

Okunbor is not deterred. He will submit an application to MU's Medical School because he wants to make a difference.

 

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