When it comes to the top medical school for Hispanics to attend, the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio comes out on top.
That’s according to Hispanic Business magazine’s Annual Diversity Report: Best Schools for Diversity Practices: Best Medical School. For the survey, several significant factors were considered, including the number of Hispanics enrolled, retention rate, percentage of students receiving financial aid, degrees awarded, number of Hispanic full-time medical school faculty, and extent of programs that recruit and mentor Hispanic medical students.
Numbers for the School of Medicine during the 2012-2013 academic year showed that there were 176 Hispanic students enrolled and 48 degrees award to Hispanic students last year. Furthermore, with nearly 150 fulltime faculty members, the Health Science Center has one of the biggest concentrations of Hispanic faculty in the nation. The School of Medicine also participates in several recruitment and mentoring programs. In the end, nearly 20 percent of students in the School of Medicine are Hispanic, compared to the U.S. medical school average of 9 percent.
“More than ever before, we are striving to connect with Hispanic students in San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley and throughout the state,” said Francisco González- Scarano, M.D., 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.”¡