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School of Medicine ranks No. 1 in M.D.s to Hispanics

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 · Volume: XL · Issue: 11

Contact: Will Sansom
Phone: 210-567-2579
E-mail: sansom@uthscsa.edu

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The School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center bestowed more Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees to Hispanics in 2006 than any other medical school in the Lower 48 states, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. The data are published in the May 2007 edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.

Medical degrees
The School of Medicine conferred 34 degrees to Hispanic students, including 18 to men and 16 to women. The next highest total for a U.S. medical school was 28, achieved by both the U.T. Medical Branch at Galveston and the U.T. Health Science Center at Houston. The U.T. Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas was sixth with 21.

Dental degrees
In a separate ranking of dental degrees, the Health Science Center’s Dental School ranked seventh, with 10 degrees awarded to Hispanics in 2006, including four to men and six to women. The highest total by a U.S. dental school was 19.

Bachelor’s degrees
The Health Science Center also placed fifth in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics in health professions and related clinical sciences. The university awarded these degrees to 88 Hispanics, including 21 men and 67 women. In 2006, the Health Science Center offered bachelor’s degrees in nursing, clinical laboratory sciences, dental hygiene, dental laboratory technology, emergency health sciences and respiratory care.

“I couldn’t be prouder that the Health Science Center is producing so many outstanding Hispanic graduates,” said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center. “As the demographics of our country continue to change, the demand for Hispanic health care providers who can interact in a culturally relevant way with Hispanic populations is increasing.”

Proactive recruiting
David J. Jones, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions in the School of Medicine, and his team have been very proactive at sparking the interest of young Hispanic students in the biosciences, and nurturing that interest while helping the students develop the skills they need to enter college and professional school. “Dr. Jones has done an excellent job in this capacity as we ensure that we are admitting the most qualified students while also reflecting the demographics of our region and state,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., M.A.C.P., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs.

Undergraduate students in several disciplines, including medicine, dentistry and physician assistant studies, are benefiting from “Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars” agreements that President Cigarroa has signed with Texas A&M International University in Laredo, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $536 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $14.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.

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