Last year the number of people applying to medical schools reached an all-time high.The number of African-Americans applying for medical school has increased by 4.8 percent. The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the physicians medical forum conference took place to recruit African-Americans to apply for medical school:

Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area/Northern CA (PRWEB) January 24, 2012

The Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) aims to increase the number of African American physicians, residents and medical students in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay and Northern California, while helping to improve the delivery of culturally competent medical care to better meet the health care needs of African Americans and community at-large. To that end, on February 18th, the non-profit organization will host its annual “Doctors on Board Program-a day-long, tuition-free, information-filled series of seminars, workshops and case studies to encourage the increase of black students attending medical school.

The October, 2011 AAMC report is encouraging,” said J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, M.D., Vice-Chancellor for Diversity & Outreach at the University of California, San Francisco. “This is truly a sign that the pipeline programs are successful and beginning to reach black and other minority students. Programs like “Doctors On Board” are essential in providing mentorship, linkages and networks for students interested in becoming physicians.”

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