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March 2007

The Health Science Centerís School of Medicine is ranked second - behind only Stanford - in the medical schools category of a Top 10 Graduate Schools for Hispanics survey that appeared in a fall issue of Hispanic Business magazine. The Health Science Center was the top public higher education institution in the rankings.

Survey parameters included 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 2005-2006 academic year, 153 Hispanic students were enrolled in the School of Medicine, the retention rate was 95 percent among these students, and 95 percent received financial aid. The School of Medicine awarded M.D. degrees to 32 Hispanic students in May 2006.

The Health Science Center, which operates campuses in Harlingen, Edinburg and Laredo as well as in San Antonio, has one of the largest concentrations of Hispanic faculty in the nation - 110 members strong. The School of Medicine participates in a number of recruitment and mentoring programs, including Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars, a program that identifies and assists students to enter the School of Medicine after completion of requirements at St. Maryís University in San Antonio, Texas A&M International University in Laredo and The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.

Both the Dental School and the School of Medicine ranked second in the country in the number of Hispanics obtaining graduate professional degrees after the 2004-2005 academic year, according to rankings reported this summer by the Virginia-based magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The Health Science Center also ranked fourth in the number of Hispanics obtaining baccalaureate degrees in health professions and related clinical sciences, according to Diverse.

"This is great news. It is another indicator that we are making headway in our quest to open the way for more Hispanic students to pursue health careers," President Cigarroa said. "Every bright, talented student who is so inclined should have the opportunity to follow this dream, and we believe many will stay to serve South Texas."





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