Meet the Entering Class!
The 144 matriculants in the MD Class of 2019 were selected from the largest applicant pool in the school’s history. This class includes the inaugural cohort of the MD-ScM combined-degree program in Population Medicine, which received 789 applications in this opening year for this innovative educational track funded by an American Medical Association grant. The 16 students in the MD-ScM program, representing all four routes of admission, joined 128 colleagues enrolled in the Regular MD and MD/PhD programs on August 3 for orientation into the medical school community.
MD 2019 consists of 75 women and 69 men representing an extraordinary breadth of academic interests and postgraduate pursuits. They have earned degrees in more than 46 different degree programs, from American Studies to Cognitive Neuroscience to South Asian Studies, at 50 US or Canadian colleges and universities. MD 2019 students hail from 29 states (Hawaii to Maine) 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.
Eighty-two students applied through the AMCAS route of admission, which is the largest cohort in the class. Forty-eight students were enrolled as undergraduates in the Program in Liberal Medical Education, although eight of those students took time after their Brown graduation to pursue educational and other service opportunities. Eleven members of the class entered through Postbaccalaureate Linkage Programs at Bryn Mawr College, Goucher College, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins University. Three members of the class were selected through the Early Identification Program, which includes graduates from Tougaloo College, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island.
Twenty-eight incoming students self-identified as members of groups underrepresented in medicine, creating a class of remarkable diversity: 12 (8%) are African-American; 16 (11%) are from Latino backgrounds; 41% are white, 29% are Asian or South Asian, and 11% of the class prefers not to identify with one racial/ethnic identity.
Other class demographics include: average age is 24, with the range from 21 to 38 years. Nearly 60% of the 144 students have waited a year before matriculating to Brown, while 60 students have taken off more than two years between college and medical school. Themes of altruism and service predominate in MD 2019; past activities include jobs with Teach for America, US Peace Corps, WHO, City Year, International Organization for Migration, Project Concern International, and Partners in Health. Members of the class have co-founded a methadone clinic, produced film documentaries, and owned a feminist bookstore, while other classmates have worked for Bain, Boeing, and Advisory Board Company. MD 2019 contains plenty of EMTs and wilderness first responders, several marathoners and triathletes, an equestrienne, martial artists, boxers, hip-hop and Bharatanatyam dancers, an adaptive ski instructor, a crossword-puzzle champion, and a therapy dog owner. We look forward to seeing the musicians—pianists, drummers, guitarists, jazz saxophonist, and several a capella singers—at the annual Alpert Medical School Concert in November!