School of Medicine ranks 7th in national diversity survey

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 21, 2010) — The School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio is ranked seventh among the more than 130 U.S. medical schools in the “Best Schools for Diversity” survey in the September issue of Hispanic Business magazine.

Hispanic Business evaluated the nation’s medical schools in their success at drawing Hispanic students and their effectiveness to support them academically through the rigorous four-year medical school education process. Specifically, medical schools were ranked on percentage of Hispanic enrollment, percentage of Hispanic faculty and programs to augment Hispanic student enrollment.

The magazine listed the Health Science Center School of Medicine as having:
• 150 Hispanic students out of 884 total enrollment – 17 percent
• 34 M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics out of 195 total degrees earned – 17 percent
• 173 full-time Hispanic faculty out of 839 total full-time faculty – 21 percent

“As the leader among Texas medical schools in both the number of Hispanic students and Hispanic faculty, this demonstrates our commitment to educating future physicians who will treat a patient population that is growing increasingly diverse,” said David Jones, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions in the School of Medicine.

Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs of the Health Science Center, said: “Our goal is to educate and train physicians who will serve the cities and communities of South Texas for many years to come. This commitment is exemplified in pipeline programs for high school students, our holistic interview process, financial aid and scholarships, and student mentoring programs with faculty and residents.”

The School of Medicine is one of four University of Texas System medical schools in the top 10. The others are UT Southwestern at Dallas, UT Health Science Center Houston and UT Medical Branch at Galveston. “We each have a goal to reflect the demographics of our region and state and offer the finest education to students who can study in their home state and return to serve the people of Texas,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is ranked No. 5 among business schools and No. 7 among engineering schools.

The rankings have been released and will be online soon at



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