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Recommendations," 2001). This fact is particularly evident in the health sciences, where the
increasing Latino population poses an immediate as well as a continuing challenge to the
healthcare profession and the health sciences. Attracting more Latino students into the health
sciences will help address the lack of Latinos in the health professions and the health disparities
that currently exist among Latinos. In 2001, the percentage of doctorates awarded to Latinos in
science and engineering was 4.1% (NSF-CEOSE, 2004). In 2003, a total of 2,607 students
graduated from medical schools awarding a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Of those,
only 85 or 3% were of Latino descent (AACOM, 2004). In 2004, a total of 15,821 students
graduated from medical schools awarding MD degrees. Of those only 485 were of Latino
descent or only 3% (AAMC, 2005). Since no aggregated data exist for health science center
students, these data reflect medical school student populations alone. Research has shown that
underrepresented minorities are more likely to heed medical findings and medical advice from
people who are like them. Minorities are also more likely to locate their practices in underserved
areas with 31% of African Americans, 41% of Native Americans, and 33% of Latinos reporting
an intention to practice in underserved areas compared to 18.4% of whites who reported such
plans (IOM, 2003; AAMC, 2005; The Sullivan Commission, 2004), so an influx of Latino
students into health science centers across the nation could help solve an impending healthcare
crisis. Discovering what pathways students have taken to success in higher education at a health
science center will help provide a better picture of what intervention tactics might work to help
Latino students achieve success in higher education at that level. The success of Latino students
at health science centers will certainly impact the status of the healthcare industry throughout the
nation with the ultimate goal of reducing health disparities in the Latino population.
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