This is a program where fewer than 200 people are accepted from approximately 10,000 applicants.

Campus Reform reports:

Students protest after six minority students denied admission to medical school

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Chicago Medical School denied admission to six minority students. In response, students hosted a town hall meeting, started a petition, and protested.

The six rected [sic] students participated in the school’s Pre-Matriculation Program (PMP), which offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds a free non-degree curriculum.

Rosalind Franklin Communications Director Dan Moran told Campus Reform that the medical school “fields some 10,000 total applications annually, including those from the PMP program, and every application is reviewed to determine if the applicant meets specific admissions criteria for the 189 available seats.”

While PMP students are more than 100 times more likely to gain admission, it is “not a guarantee,” he explained.

Moran stated that the university hosts several programs geared toward helping minority students, including the PMP, INSPIRE (Influence Student Potential and Increase Representation in Education), and the Pre-Professional Research Laboratory Assistant course. The latter two programs begin in high school and form a pipeline for disadvantaged students into the medical field.

Moran told Campus Reform that “Individuals who are not offered admission continue to be supported on their career paths by the PMP and often may matriculate at a later time or to another school or program with continued support of the program.” The university rejects the notion that “decisions were infected by racism, either on an individual level or on a systemic basis.”

He also confirmed that other “students of color were among the admissions to Chicago Medical School for the fall term.”


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