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National survey ranks UTHSC 2nd in Hispanic dental degrees

San Antonio (Aug. 28, 2003) — The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC), long one of the nation's best dental schools in both education and research, is also one of the nation's most diverse dental schools, a national magazine reported. The UTHSC School of Medicine is right at the top in that category, as well.

Black Issues in Higher Education magazine's special report on the Top 100 Graduate and Professional Degree Producers ranked the UTHSC Dental School second in the number of dental degrees awarded to Hispanic Americans. The survey results are from the most recent national data supplied by the U.S. Department of Education and cover the 2001-2002 academic year.

The UTHSC School of Medicine, meanwhile, tied for third in the number of medical degrees awarded to Hispanics in 2001-2002. The UT Health Science Center at Houston was the other institution in the tie.

The Dental School awarded D.D.S. degrees to 16 Hispanic men and women, second only to New York University. Only two other U.S. institutions recorded totals over 10. The percentage of Hispanic graduates, 19 percent, among the graduating class in the UTHSC Dental School was the highest among all U.S. institutions. "Our mission is to enhance the oral health of Texas," said Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., dean of the Dental School. "Providing well-educated dentists reflecting the diversity of the population they will serve is part of our successful strategy."

The UTHSC School of Medicine awarded 26 M.D. degrees to Hispanics in 2001-2002. "As our society evolves in terms of diversity, so must our educational programs," said Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for academic and health affairs at UTHSC and dean of the School of Medicine. "I am pleased that our institution not only recognizes the importance of diversity but is successful in achieving it, as well."

Contact: Will Sansom