A key measure for any foundation is whether the work it supports is having impact or influencing change in its area of focus. I recently returned from Denver, CO, where I attended the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting, something I do every year. This year I was particularly struck by how much of the work we support is permeating discussions about academic medicine reform.
With an impending physician shortage, news that the number of first-time medical school applicants reached an all-time high this year was encouraging. Even more significant, a greater number of African American and Hispanic students have shown interest in the profession, applying and enrolling in higher numbers than ever before.