Spring 2016

Doctoring, Then and Now

The increasing racial and ethnic diversity of Tufts Medical School classes

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Photo: Courtesy of Tufts Digital Collections and Archives

Although this photo of medical school life from the Tufts University archives is undated, one can easily place it sometime in the mid-20th century, based on the lineup of all white men. Without any doubt, this was typical of the period.

In 1945, for example, there were 103 doctors in the graduating class, and all but five of them were men. Some 70 years later, the world has changed. Members of the Tufts Medical School Class of 2019, the most recent for which we have data, are mostly female, consisting of 109 women and 92 men. Racial and ethnic diversity has also seen a shift, with nine Black or African American, 13 Hispanic and 36 Asian students in the 2019 class. –Bruce Morgan

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