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UC Davis School of Medicine ranked in top 10 medical schools for Hispanic students by Hispanic Business magazine

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The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine has been ranked number 10 among all medical schools in the United States in the annual survey of best graduate schools for Hispanic students conducted by Hispanic Business magazine.

The ranking is based on an evaluation of leadership on diversity on a variety of measures, including enrollment, faculty, student services, retention and reputation, the magazine says.

"Ranked among the nation's leading medical schools for specialty and primary care and for research that advances the science and practice of medicine, UC Davis promotes a collaborative culture of diversity. It is committed to improving health-care access and equity, training a physician workforce that better reflects the diversity of the state, and partnering with communities to better understand and meet the unique needs of medically underserved patients, including Latinos," the magazine states.

"Over the past two years, for example, the number of Latino medical students enrolled at UC Davis tripled, and 25 percent of students enrolled in a new Rural-PRIME program, which specifically targets the needs of patients in underserved rural communities, were Latino."

Dr. Jesse Joad"It is imperative that we create a physician and nurse workforce that is culturally competent to address health conditions, like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, that are rooted in the economic and social and cultural conditions in which people live."
— Jesse Joad, associate dean of diversity and faculty life

Leadership commitment to diversity

The publication also notes that many of these advances are due to the "leadership and personal involvement" of Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the medical school.

"She established the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Office of Diversity and meets quarterly with members of the Sacramento Latino Medical Association," the magazine notes. "She also hosts and supports national and state student conferences, as well as events that target underrepresented groups of high school and undergraduate students to encourage them to consider careers in health care. She has set the tone and leads by example, which has allowed the school's diversity work to thrive."

Jesse Joad, associate dean of diversity and faculty life in the School of Medicine, said the ranking is an acknowledgement of UC Davis' deep commitment to diversity in medical education. "I am very pleased with this honor and hope that it will encourage Latino undergraduates to consider UC Davis when deciding where to attend medical school," Joad said. "We welcome them with open arms."

Joad said that the medical school has made significant efforts to encourage Latinos and other minorities to consider UC Davis and make them welcome once they matriculate.

These include creating the role of an associate dean for diversity for the UC Davis Health System; hiring a new director of student diversity within the School of Medicine; and developing an award-winning curriculum that infuses key elements of diversity and cultural competency.

"It is imperative that we create a physician and nurse workforce that is culturally competent to address health conditions, like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, that are rooted in the economic and social and cultural conditions in which people live," Joad said.

In addition to medical schools, the publication also ranks the top business, law and engineering schools that, it says, illustrate a commitment to diversity for Latinos.

Link: Overall rankings Link: UC Davis listing

UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its specialty-and primary-care programs.The school offers combined medical and master's degree programs in public health, business administration, and rural health, as well as a combined medical and doctoral degree for physician scientists interested in addressing specific scientific, social, ethical and political challenges of health care. Along with being a leader in health-care research, the school is known for its commitment to people from underserved communities and a passion for clinical care. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine.