An enthusiastic group of 192 Ohio State medical students came together on August 8 to receive their traditional white coats and to start what must have seemed to many as a very long and rigorous road toward a career in medicine.
This year’s class formed after most had applied to as many as 15 medical schools before they were able to match their talents with the right program. For these 192 students, Ohio State was their school of choice.
The class is a unique mix of talent, history and personal characteristics. Ranging in age from 21 to 44, they matriculate from 80 different colleges and universities with 95 different academic majors. Nine have graduate degrees and one has a PhD. Together, they make up one of the most diverse classes in the college’s 100-year history. For the first time ever, women outnumber men, with 103, or 56 percent, compared to 89 men in the class. Forty-two students are from groups underrepresented in medicine (URM), comprising nearly 22 percent of the class.
The College strives to bring together a diverse class for many reasons, but principally to train clinicians to deliver personalized healthcare to the nation’s underserved populations by fostering a greater understanding and appreciation for each individual's genetic makeup, behavior, experience, and beliefs.
Over the past eleven years, the college has steadily grown the number of URM’s in its classes from a low of eight percent in 2005 (18 out of 210 students) to a high of 21.9 percent in 2015 (42 out of 192 students). Women have fared even better, rising from a low of 33 percent (70 out of a class of 210) to an all-time high of 53.6 percent (103 out of 192).
Their test scores remain high across the years, with GPA’s averaging around 3.70 and composite MCAT’s averaging between 33 and 34.
Another factor worth noting is the variety of interests and experiences the class exhibits. Student involvement ranges from rapping and songwriting to severe weather chasing, proving that this group is not just heavily focused on academics. One student is a filmmaker, while another is a crisis and suicide counselor. One has done stand-up comedy; another acting and modeling. One is a former Vienna Boys Choirist and another a 2013 Jeopardy! College Championship winner.
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