(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine recently was named in the top 10 medical schools for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for the second straight year.

The list was published in the September issue, which also includes the top 10 M.B.A., law and engineering schools. HSC-COM is being recognized for not only a “commitment to diversity… (but also) the environment we create for Hispanic students.”

“We are honored to be counted among the best medical schools in the country for Hispanic students for the second year in a row,” said Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the HSC-COM. “It is important for us to have a diverse student body as we strive to meet the ever-changing needs of the American population. Our students place great importance on social awareness, so it is wonderful to be recognized for our commitment to that.”

As ranked by Hispanic Business, the top 10 medical schools for Hispanic students are as follows: 1. Stanford University School of Medicine; 2. The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio; 3. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine; 4. University of New Mexico School of Medicine; 5. University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine; 6. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; 7. University of Illinois College of Medicine; 8. The University of Texas Medical School at Houston; 9. University of Arizona College of Medicine; and 10. Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Hispanic Business said this about the HSC-COM:
“The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine is committed to encouraging and promoting diversity in the training of future physicians. As part of its commitment to diversity, the college administers several programs to support disadvantaged students such as the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) and the Partnership for Primary Care program (PPC).

“The Office of Student Affairs and Admissions also facilitates student involvement and retention through student organizations including the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), which is the oldest and largest medical student organization dedicated to people of color and underserved communities in the country. Additional student groups that help promote social awareness include the Organization for Minority Issues in Medicine, and Empower: Students for Diversity and Social Justice.”

For the 2005-2006 academic year, the HSC-COM reported 289 total medical students, with 30 (10 percent) Hispanic students, and 66 M.D. degrees earned, four (6 percent) earned by Hispanics.

For nearly a quarter century, Hispanic Business Inc. has given a voice to the vibrant and fast-growing U.S. Hispanic community. Hispanic Business magazine, the flagship publication of Hispanic Business Inc., has established itself as the premier business publication for the Hispanic market. With an ABC-audited primary circulation of 230,000 and a total audience of more than one million readers, Hispanic Business reaches CEOs, business owners, corporate decision makers, and professionals in all sectors, including business, law, accounting, health care, government and engineering.

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