An enthusiastic group of 199 Ohio State medical students came together on August 1 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.
The class is a unique mix of talent, history and personal characteristics. Ranging in age from 19 to 45, they matriculate from 86 different colleges and universities with 75+ different academic majors. Together, they make up one of the most diverse classes in the college’s 100-year history. For the second year, women outnumber men, with 108, or 54 percent, compared to 91 men in the class. Fifty-two students are from groups underrepresented in medicine (URM), comprising nearly 26 percent of the class, an increase of 4 percent from last year.
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 undeserved populations by fostering a greater understanding and appreciation for each individual's genetic makeup, behavior, experience, and beliefs.
Over the past twelve 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 26 percent in 2016 (52 out of 199 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 54 percent (108 out of 199).
Their test scores remain high across the years, with GPA’s averaging around 3.71 and composite MCAT’s average of 34 (old MCAT Composite) and 512 (New MCAT Composite).
Another factor worth noting is the variety of interests and experiences the class exhibits. One student is a radio show host, while another was a Walt Disney World cast member. One has served as a Special Advisor to the Physician to the President; another working in sports broadcasting.
Check out their. Clink the follwoing link to download and view the class profile . ClassProfile2016 Final.pdf.