I just atteneded a East Coast Med school graduation and it was very interesting in terms of demographic make up, 200 grads The most common last name was Patel, by a long shot. I think there were 15 Patels. About half the class was female and certainly well over half the class was of Indian or Eastern Asian (read Chinese, Vietnamse, Korean). There were 7 black grads and maybe 30% of the class was Caucasian. What I found interesting was a Wall Street Journal article a couple months ago that ranked the top stock analysts for companies like Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Virtually all the analysts were Caucasian men. (Balding too LOL, for the most part) I think a lot of people no longer see medicine as a way to high income. Spending 10-12 years in education just to be at the mercy of managed care has taken the shine off of what was once seen as a way to wealth, IMO. I do think that immigrants and certain ethnic groups still see medicine as a noble profession, but as a money maker it just isn't as attractive anymore. Get an MBA and go to work as a money mover seems to be the new desirable profession?