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San Antonio’s School of Medicine ranked best for Hispanics
August 26, 2014

By W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal

Hispanic Business has heaped high praise on the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's School of Medicine. In its latest Annual Diversity Report, the California-based magazine names the Alamo City institution the top medical school for Hispanics in the U.S.

The 2014 rankings are based on a number of criteria, including number of Hispanics enrolled, retention rate, percentage of students receiving financial aid, M.D. degrees awarded, number of Hispanic full-time medical school faculty and extent of programs that recruit and mentor Hispanic medical students.

During the 2012-13 academic year, 176 Hispanic students were enrolled in the Health Science Center's School of Medicine. The school awarded 48 degrees to Hispanic students last year.

The Health Science Center, which operates campuses in San Antonio, Harlingen, Edinburg and Laredo, has one of the largest concentrations of Hispanic faculty in the nation with nearly 150 full-time members.

The School of Medicine participates in a number of recruitment and mentoring programs, including the Med Ed Program in the Rio Grande Valley, and Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars, a program that identifies and assists students interested in entering the School of Medicine from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas A&M International University in Laredo and the former UT Pan American in Edinburg, now part of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

"More than ever before, we are striving to connect with Hispanic students in San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley and throughout the state," says Dr. Francisco González-Scarano, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the Health Science Center. "Patients tend to relate better to physicians who are sensitive to their culture. For this reason, our School of Medicine places priority on graduating a diverse class that matches the demographics of Texas."

Health Science Center President Dr. William Henrich says González-Scarano has created an "environment of people and programs" that has raised retention rates among Hispanic students at the School of Medicine.

Nearly 20 percent of students in the School of Medicine are Hispanic, compared to the U.S. medical school average of 9 percent, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

 

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