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graduate level, the US will experience severe shortages in qualified workers to fill top-level jobs
and healthcare positions that will begin to open as the Baby Boom generation retires.
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.
Research has shown that underrepresented minorities are more likely to heed medical findings
and medical advice from people who are like them (The Sullivan Commission, 2004), so an
influx of Latino students into health science centers across the nation could help solve an
impending healthcare crisis. 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.
The term Hispanic dates back to official US government statistics of the early 1970s as a
category to determine racial/ethnic background (Carnevale & Rose, 2003). Hispanic refers to a
diverse group of Americans from Mexico, Spain, Central America, South America, and Spanish-
speaking Caribbean islands. Latino and Hispanic are used interchangeably throughout this paper.
Students who self-identified as Hispanic through application documents and graduation request
documents were the population for this study.
The term Latino is the "grassroots alternative to the governmentally-imposed
designation," (Carnevale & Rose, 2003). The term is used to refer to the same diverse group that
Hispanic refers to and is meant to delineate racial/ethnic status. Latino and Hispanic are used
interchangeably throughout this paper.
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