Meet the Entering Class!
The 125 members of the MD Class of 2018 were selected from the largest and most talented applicant pool in the School’s history. This group of 61 women and 64 men demonstrate breadth of intellectual interests in the scope of undergraduate concentrations and postgraduate pursuits. They have earned degrees in more than 30 different majors—from Anthropology to Cognitive Neuroscience Engineering to Theater Arts—at 49 different US or Canadian colleges and universities. Two Canadian citizens join classmates from 27 different states and the District of Columbia. Ten students have advanced degrees, with graduate work in education, biomedical engineering, computer science, sociology, narrative medicine, and biological/life sciences.
Seventy-two students applied through the AMCAS route of admission, which is the largest cohort in the class. Forty-four students were enrolled as undergraduates in the Program in Liberal Medical Education, although eight students took time after their Brown graduation to pursue educational and other service opportunities. Six members of the class entered through Postbaccalaureate Linkage Programs at Bryn Mawr College, Goucher College, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins University. Three members of the class were selected through the Early Identification Program, which includes one Tougaloo College graduate and two Rhode Islanders who attended Providence College.
Twenty-seven incoming students self-identified as members of groups underrepresented in medicine: 17 (14%) are African-American; 13 (11%) are from Latino backgrounds (primarily Mexican and Puerto Rican Americans); 37% are white; 32% are Asian or South Asian; and 6% of the class prefer not to identify with one racial/ethnic identity.
Other class demographics: The average age is 24, with the range from 20 to 30 years. Over 60% of the 125 students have waited a year before matriculating to Brown, while 51 students have taken off more than two years between college and medical school. Experiential diversity is extraordinary: The class includes former Teach for America, MATCH Corps, and Peace Corps members; a Presidential speech writer; two cyclists who have traversed the United States; radio DJs and documentary producers; several a cappella singers; social and business entrepreneurs; a bus driver and union plumber’s apprentice; two patent holders; over a dozen EMTs and wilderness first responders; a posse of triathletes, marathoners, equestriennes, and distance swimmers; and, as always, numerous accomplished musicians, martial artists, and varsity/club athletes in swimming, water polo, track and field, soccer, and basketball.
One-third of the entering class has volunteered internationally in countries such as Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, India, and Nicaragua as members of Nourish International, Gardens for Health International, and other NGOs. Characteristically, the members of this class have had extensive volunteer experiences as well, with over 90% having demonstrated significant commitments to health care or civic life in clinical, community, or other settings.