SOM Names as One of Top Ten Schools for Hispanics


The UNM School of Medicine was recently named as one of the top ten medical schools for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

"As one of three minority-majority states in the U.S., the UNM School of Medicine has long known that we have a unique opportunity to enhance the diversity of our health care workforce," said Valerie Romero-Leggott, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of  Family & Community Medicine and director of the UNMSOM Cultural and Ethnic Programs. "Through our Cultural and Ethnic Programs and Hispanic and Native American Center of Excellence we promote the medical education and career development of students, residents, and faculty."

The UNM School of Medicine was picked based on its rankings in five categories:

·        Enrollment of Hispanic students currently and as a percent of overall enrollment;

·        Percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty members among total full-time faculty;

·        Special programs to recruit and mentor Hispanics and Hispanic student support groups on campus;

·        the reputation of the School of Medicine based on its ranking in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of their programs in their Best Graduate Schools, 2005 Edition.

 "We believe that to be successful in recruiting and retaining Hispanics and Native Americans within New Mexico that our efforts have to start early, involve the entire family and provide support throughout a student's time at UNM," Romero-Leggott said.

She also added that many students agree the school's strengths are in its' emphasis on clinical teaching, the high degree of responsibility given to 3rd and 4th year students and the early mentored opportunities to learn clinical medicine. 

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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