(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine has been named in the Top 20 U.S. medical schools for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

Ranked No. 13, the HSC-COM is noted for its commitment to diversity within the student body.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by Hispanic Business for the third year in a row,” said Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of Medicine. “Our commitment to diversity is an important part of who we are at the College of Medicine, so we are thrilled to be recognized on a national level.”

For the 2006-07 academic year, the HSC-COM had an enrollment of 324 students, including 34 Hispanics comprising approximately 11 percent of the total enrollment. It awarded 77 degrees this spring, including nine Hispanic recipients.

HSC-COM educational programs are designed to meet the health work force needs of Texas. Admissions criteria are aligned to foster the graduation of health professionals who will be responsive to the needs of the increasingly diverse population of the state. It is committed to the importance of diversity in the recruitment and education of future health professionals because of the belief that a diverse student body raises the cultural competence of all health professional students.

Hispanic Business magazine informs and represents the most highly educated, affluent and influential segment of the booming Hispanic market through integrated channels of print, online and events. With a primary circulation of 230,000 and a total audience of more than a 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.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its six components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and the School of Rural Public Health.

— Marketing & Communications