The Medical Minority Applicant Registry or Med-MAR, is a service who medical school applications who self-identify as being from groups that are historically underrepresented in medicine or who are economically disadvantaged. This registry is one that you as the application can elect to participate in. Electing to participate in this registry means that your basic biographic information and your MCAT scores will be sent to the admissions office of AAMC-member schools (which the vast majority of medical schools are members of). It will bring your application in a directed way in front of the eyes of admissions team members from schools specifically seeking an opportunity to increase the number of URM students in their programs.
You are eligible to participate if you:
- A U.S. citizen, U.S. National, Green Card holder, or have refugee/asylum or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
- Are economically disadvantaged or of low socio-economic status (SES)
- Self-identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group historically underrepresented in medicine (i.e. African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
Unfortunately, members of the LGBT community are not considered members of an underrepresented minority for the purpose of this registry.
You opt in to participate in Med-Mar during your MCAT registration process. Keep in mind that this is the ONLY TIME you will be asked to participate in Med-MAR.
Overall, we here at Med Like Me consider Med-MAR to be a good thing to opt into. Free, increased exposure to admissions committees is a good thing. What’s more, the schools that engage with you as a result of your participation in Med-MAR are at least showing some degree of specific interest in have a diverse medical student body, and therefore have at least a basic dedication to this ideal. You may also hear from schools you may not have otherwise considered applying to; it’s always good to keep your mind open for a hidden gem that would not have otherwise been on your radar. Learn more details about the Med-MAR here.
Keep in mind that the Med-MAR is distinct from the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) and that registrants for the FAP are not automatically registered in the Med-MAR. What is exactly is the FAP you ask? Don’t worry – we got you!
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