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Top 10 Medical Schools for Hispanics

September 2005, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine

1. Stanford University
School of Medicine
Stanford, CA
(650) 723-6861

Total graduate enrollment 463
Hispanic graduate enrollment 68
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 15%
Total M.D. degrees earned 90
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 12
Percent of M.D. degrees earned 13% by Hispanics

Hispanics account for almost 15 percent of each incoming class. "Stanford University's tradition of diversity and excellence results in a community that is inclusive and supportive of all people," says Dr. Gabriel Garcia, associate dean of medical school admissions. The Latino Medical Student Association and the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance organize service activities addressing minority health.

2. Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
(410) 955-3182

Total graduate enrollment 476
Hispanic graduate enrollment 13
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 3%
Total M.D. degrees earned 115
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 1
Percent of M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has a strong commitment to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic medical students. The school recruits through the National Boricua Latino Health Organization and the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science. There is also a recruitment weekend for accepted, underrepresented minority medical students. Organizations include the Student Alliance for Learning Success and Achievement (SALSA) and the Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE). The Office of Student Affairs also offers one-on-one mentoring. Additionally, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Diversity Council offers a mentoring program with faculty.

3. University of New Mexico
School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 272-4766

Total graduate enrollment 302
Hispanic graduate enrollment 77
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 25%
Total M.D. degrees earned 71
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 19
Percent of M.D. degrees earned 27% by Hispanics

As one of three minority-majority states in the nation, New Mexico understands the importance of diversity in the healthcare workforce. The public university's Cultural and Ethnic Programs begin recruitment at the middle school and high school levels. The Dream Makers Health Careers Clubs are after-school clubs that teach students about the health professions, science, and math. The Hispanic and Native American Center of Excellence promotes medical education and career development for students and faculty. Students on campus can join the Association for the Advancement of Minorities in Medicine and Minority Women in Medicine. In the curriculum, the school's strengths are its emphasis on clinical teaching and the high degree of responsibility given to third- and fourth-year students.

4. Texas A&M University Health Science Center
College of Medicine
College Station, TX
(979) 845-7743

Total graduate enrollment 289
Hispanic graduate enrollment 30
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 10%
Total M.D. degrees earned 61
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 1
Percent of M.D. degrees earned 2% by Hispanics

Texas A&M believes diversity in the health professions is critical to rectify disparities in healthcare. As part of a commitment to diversity, the college administers the Joint Admissions Medical Program, open to highly qualified students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Student National Medical Association, one of 16 nationwide chapters, is the oldest and largest medical student organization dedicated to people of color and underserved communities. Other organizations include Minority Issues in Medicine and Empower: Students for Diversity and Social Justice. The curriculum offers classes in medical Spanish. The school believes diversity is not solely limited to race and ethnicity, but also encompasses talents, life skills, and special attributes.

5. University of North Texas Health Science Center
Texas College of Osteopathic
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 735-2204

Total graduate enrollment 501
Hispanic graduate enrollment 35
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 7%
Total D.O.* degrees earned 115
D.O. degrees earned by Hispanics 9
Percent of D.O. degrees earned 8% by Hispanics

Part of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the school actively recruits underrepresented minorities through programs designed to encourage qualified, economically disadvantaged students. Many of these programs are federally funded through grants. The United Latin American Medical Students promote health in the Hispanic community through health fairs and teaching medical Spanish classes. The school worked with Fort Worth's Hispanic community to help establish the city's first federally qualified health clinic. Students gain a well-rounded education through intensive studies and community outreach.
* Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

6. University of Kansas
School of Medicine
Kansas City, KS
(913) 588-5245

Total graduate enrollment 719
Hispanic graduate enrollment 30
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 4%
Total M.D. degrees earned 156
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 7
Percent of M.D. degrees earned 4% by Hispanics

The school recently received grants totaling more than $11.8 million to recruit and retain underrepresented minority students and faculty at the school in the next three years. The Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity assists in recruiting a diverse student body, training culturally and clinically skilled physicians, improving access to healthcare for underserved and special patient populations, and supporting recruitment of a diverse faculty. Several scholarships are available through the endowment program to enhance diversity. In addition, there are several guaranteed federal student loan programs available to medical students. The Latino Midwest Medical Student Association and the Multicultural Health Information Resource Center offer additional resources to foster diversity.

7. University of Arizona
College of Medicine
Tucson, AZ
(520) 626-6214

Total graduate enrollment 438
Hispanic graduate enrollment 46
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 11%
Total M.D. degrees earned 105
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 11
Percent of M.D. degrees earned 10% by Hispanics

The Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence works to increase the number of Hispanic applicants, promote careers in research and academic medicine, and provide support and mentoring from Hispanic faculty. FACES (Fostering and Achieving Cultural Equity and Sensitivity) in Health Professions is a student organization that combines a cultural understanding of health with career services, including mock interviews as well as volunteer clinical experiences in the Migrant Health Education Program, for aspiring healthcare professionals. The vision of the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence is to be a national center for Hispanic health research, training, and clinical care, attracting the brightest and best Hispanic faculty and students.

8. East Carolina University
Brody School of Medicine
Greenville, NC
(252) 744-2202

Total graduate enrollment 308
Hispanic graduate enrollment 8
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 3%
Total M.D. degrees earned 81
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 3
Percent of M.D. degrees earned 4% by Hispanics

For over 20 years the Brody School has met the challenges given by the state: to educate the people of North Carolina (particularly Hispanics, African Americans, and others in underrepresented groups), to provide medical care to the region, and to train physicians to care for all the citizens. With 72 members in each entering class, students have the opportunity to know their classmates and the faculty. The school offers courses in medical Spanish, and research and service opportunities address minority healthcare. In 2005, for example, three Schweitzer Fellows are conducting service projects toward the local Hispanic population. Multiculturalism is highly valued, as evidenced by vice-chairs for diversity in every department, along with an associate dean for intercultural affairs.

9. Edward Via Virginia
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Blacksburg, VA
(540) 231-6138

Total graduate enrollment 304
Hispanic graduate enrollment 9
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 3%
Total D.O.* degrees earned N/A
D.O. degrees earned by Hispanics N/A
Percent of D.O. degrees earned N/A by Hispanics

The school seeks a diverse student body to meet the medical needs of a diverse society. The school actively recruits minority students who are underrepresented in healthcare by participating in minority recruitment events on- and off-campus. The Student National Medical Association chapter on campus works to support underrepresented minority medical students; address the needs of underserved communities; and increase the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. The school has a Spanish Club and is exploring a program where students will provide translation services at a local hospital for Spanish-speaking patients. Events such as the annual Multicultural Dance Festival embrace the diversity in the student body and in the community at large.
* Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

10. Ohio State University
College of Medicine & Public Health
Columbus, OH
(614) 292-7137

Total graduate enrollment 849
Hispanic graduate enrollment 20
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 3%
Total M.D. degrees earned 197
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 3
Percent of M.D. degrees earned 2% by Hispanics

Because of the breadth of research and clinical activity at Ohio State, medical students enjoy vast opportunities in these areas. National Institutes of Health research funding now totals nearly $200 million. Hispanic students have the opportunity to join LANAMA (Latin American, Native American Medical Association) and are provided financial support to attend the National Hispanic Medical Association's annual conference.


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