Dr. Pedro Mancias
Dr. Pedro Mancias

Hispanic Business magazine has ranked The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School among the top five medical schools in the country for promoting and encouraging a diverse community where Hispanic students can thrive.

The UTHealth Medical School was ranked No. 4 in the magazine’s 2014 Top 10 Medical Schools for Hispanic Students.

“We are proud that McGovern Medical School has been recognized again for its dedication to recruit and educate Hispanic students,” said UTHealth President Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D. “We will continue to reach out to students who are underrepresented in medicine. They will become physicians uniquely placed to treat a diverse patient population.”

Institutions were ranked according to enrollment, number of Hispanic faculty, and programs to attract and retain Hispanic students. “The schools on our lists are well-rounded and have made notable efforts to engage the Hispanic community,” the magazine said in its story on the rankings.

Hispanic students make up 13 percent of the enrollment at McGovern Medical School, and Hispanic faculty account for 7 percent of the school’s full-time educators.

“It is an honor to have been chosen in the top five medical schools for Hispanics,” said Dr. Pedro Mancias, assistant dean in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and associate professor of pediatric neurology. “It is a testament to the value that UTHealth places on the Hispanic population we serve. We look forward to engaging the Hispanic population through means including premedical programs, on-site visits to our school, and mentoring programs.”

UTHealth’s outreach to minority students includes a pre-medical conference for underrepresented students, a six-week summer program that offers medical school preparation for underrepresented and disadvantaged freshman and sophomore college students, and participation in the annual Houston Hispanic Forum’s Career and Education Day for students in grades 6-12.

Other institutions in The University of Texas System in the Top 10 were The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (No. 1), The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (No. 3), and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (No. 6).

-Deborah Mann Lake, Office of Advancement, Media Relations