UC Santa Cruz's Wellman, who authored a report assessing the impact of the affirmative action ban on health care resources and delivery in the state, said that nationally, "in 30 years, the number of minority physicians has gone from virtually nothing to 7%. These new figures suggest that will be going down in California."
But the drop is less extreme at UCLA Medical School, where 16 black students have been admitted for entrance this fall, contrasted with 21 last year. So far, however, the same number of black students have indicated that they will enroll this year as last year: 10.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday August 5, 1997 Home Edition Part A Page 3 Metro Desk 2 inches; 60 words Type of Material: Correction
UC medical schools--An article in Friday's Times misstated some admissions statistics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. The school has accepted nine black students to date for entry to its first-year class, down from 11 last year. Five have said they will enroll, however, up from none in 1996. Twenty-two Latino students have been accepted, three of whom have said they will enroll. Last year, seven Latino students enrolled.
Among Latinos, 35 were accepted this year, up from 30 last year. And 21 have said they will come, up only slightly from 20 last year.
UC Davis has accepted 11 black students to date, up from nine last year. So far, though, none of those has said they will enroll, down from five last year. Thirty-one Latinos were accepted, up from 22 last year. Seven have said they will attend--a slight increase.
At UC Irvine College of Medicine, one black student and 12 Latinos have been accepted, contrasted with four blacks and 21 Latinos last year. Of those, five Latinos have said they will attend--the same as last year. But the lone black student is going elsewhere, meaning that the entering class will have no blacks, down from two last year.
And at UCSF, 21 blacks and 29 Latinos have been admitted, compared to last year's 19 blacks and 30 Latinos. Only one Native American was offered a spot, down from five last year.
Last year, the total number of underrepresented minorities who enrolled at UCSF was 29. So far this year, 26 have indicated they will attend.
To some degree, the medical school enrollment statistics reflect the high demand for top-ranked minority students. Those accepted at one school often have many other options--making it tougher for the less prestigious schools, in particular, to lure them.