Meet the Entering Class!
The 120 members of the MD Class of 2017 (63 women and 57 men) have earned degrees in more than 37 different majors – from anthropology to biomedical engineering to sociology – at 51 US colleges and universities. Classmates from 28 different states and the District of Columbia, along with one international citizen from Korea, comprise this exceptional group. Twelve students have advanced degrees, with graduate work in education, English, mechanical engineering, law, neuroscience, public health, physiology, and teaching, and 16 class members were selected to Phi Beta Kappa as undergraduates.
Sixty-three students applied through the AMCAS route of admission, which is the largest cohort in the class. Forty-five students were enrolled as undergraduates in the Program in Liberal Medical Education. Ten members of the class entered through Postbaccalaureate Linkage Programs at Bryn Mawr College, Goucher College, and Columbia. Two members of the class were selected through the Early Identification Program, a brother-and-sister duo from Tougaloo College.
The class members have diverse backgrounds: 9% are African American; 12% are from Latino backgrounds (primarily Mexican and South/Central Americans); 33% are white; 29% are Asian Americans; 10% are South Asian Americans; and 7% of the class prefers not to identify with one racial/ethnic identity. Eighteen incoming students self-identified as members of groups underrepresented in medicine (i.e., African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican American, or Native American).
Other class demographics include the following: The average age is 23, with the range from 21 to 35 years. Nearly 50% of the 125 students have waited a year before matriculating to Brown, while 41 students have taken off more than two years between college and medical school. Experiential diversity is extraordinary: the class includes five Teach for America members; two Peace Corps veterans; a lawyer; a circus performer; a Partners in Health community director; consultants and finance professionals; a Clinton fellow who worked with underprivileged communities in India; a professional dancer; a chemistry teacher; a professional skater; firefighters and EMTs; a clutch of triathletes and marathoners; numerous accomplished musicians and singers; and a host of varsity/club athletes in rugby, swimming, cross-country running, soccer, water polo, skiing, crew, and volleyball.
One-third of the entering class has studied or volunteered internationally in countries such as Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, Peru, and Vietnam as members of the Peace Corps, UNICEF, and other NGOs. Characteristically, the members of this class have had extensive volunteer experiences, as well, with over 80% having demonstrated significant commitments to health care or civic life in clinical, community, or other settings.