Otago University is trying to change the ethnic make up of its med students.
It wants to better mirror New Zealand's diversity.
An investigation has found that proportionate to the population, Maori and Pacific students are under-represented, whereas Asian students are over-represented.
The research was led by Otago's Health Sciences Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Crampton.
He says the university is working to correct the imbalances.
"To be effective the health workforce has to reflect the communities and society they are going to end up serving."
Peter Crampton says they have a programme working with secondary schools, particularly in Maori and Pacific areas.
"I think experience tells us that a lot of Maori and Pacific school kids drop out of science quite early and do other things. We are encouraging them to stay excited with science and stay engaged with science."
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