US court ruling could end positive discrimination
- By: Karen Hebert
A US Supreme Court ruling is awaited, which may stop any consideration of race in medical school admissions.
The ruling could change future American university admissions procedures, by banning the use of affirmative action by universities, including medical schools, in decisions about admissions.
Cases were brought against the University of Michigan by Barbara Grutter and Jennifer Gratz. Grutter is a white female whose law school application was rejected. Gratz and Patrick Hamacher, both white, are suing the university because, they claim, their applications were rejected as a result of their race.
The university's argument is that diversity is a compelling interest in education. They also argue that the use of racial preference is fair because they are attempting to put right discrimination that has happened in the past.
The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) along with a long list of organisations (which include the American Medical Student Association and