Office of Admissions
If you were sitting in a classroom while glancing at one of your classmates sitting on either side of you, you could probably ascertain the gender, race and/or ethnicity of that individual. In this regard, over the past several years, approximately one-third of each of the entering classes in our School of Medicine has been comprised of non-Caucasians. The percentage of male and female members of each class is approximately 50%. Other personal characteristics of that same person mentioned above such as their sexual identity, religion, socioeconomic status, age, etc. although just as important as other more obvious characteristics, would probably be more difficult to ascertain. ALL such personal characteristics are important in any admission process to medical school since they collectively speak to the diversity of a medical school class. As described in the admissions brochure for LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, “Diversity in all its forms benefits students by creating a dynamic, productive, and positive learning environment that promotes better cross-cultural and cross-racial understanding.” In the medical literature, study after study has discovered that understanding “differences” creates better clinical outcomes for patients, including well-known healthcare disparities. It is the goal of members of the Admissions Committee for our School of Medicine to always be aware of “differences” since such factors do impact the delivery of healthcare all over the world. Accordingly, all members of the Admissions Committee look at all applicants in a holistic manner in an attempt to discover these differences that go beyond an MCAT score or GPA. Personal attributes and life experiences are so much a part of anyone’s evaluation for entry into our School of Medicine.