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Success as defined for this study is completion of all degree requirements and awarding
of a college degree. For purposes of this study, the degree may be a doctor of philosophy, doctor
of public health, or doctor of osteopathic medicine from a health science center.
As defined by the Association of Academic Health Centers' Website (n.d.), a health
science center is a school of higher education that consists of an allopathic or osteopathic
medical school, at least one other health professions school or program, and one or more
teaching hospitals at major universities throughout the US. The medical school at the health
science center in this study is an osteopathic medical school.
Graduate education is the study of a subject at an institution of higher education that will
result in a master's degree or doctorate. Graduate education is generally undertaken after
completing a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Specific study of students at a health science center is limited to those students who
identify themselves as Hispanic on student information surveys at the point of entrance.
Specific study of graduates from one health science center in the southwestern part of the
US limits this study, providing exploratory data that can result in confirmation of previous
theories or development of new ones. The small number of recent graduates sampled creates
another limiting factor. Also, the limited population of Latino students to choose from at one
health science center creates another limiting factor; however, I purposefully chose this
particular health science center because of its award-winning outreach programs. The purpose of
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