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weeks later, I wrote the feature story about the Scientist and sent it to him for his approval. He
told me that he and his wife would be leaving for Oregon at the end of September, so we
scheduled a time to meet for lunch. From that point on, our association continued for this study.
The fourth research participant, also representing the medical school at the health science
center being studied, said yes to my e-mail request to participate in this study. I had never met
him prior to his participation in this study. The only knowledge I had of him was a photograph I
discovered in a class photo at the health science center.
Characteristics of the Health Science Center
The health science center being studied began as a private, medical school in 1966,
awarding its first doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees in 1974 to a class of 18 with no Latinos
in the class. According to institutional history provided in the institution's Fact Book (2006), the
third class of graduates in 1976 contained its first Latino graduates. Latinos have been in every
graduating class of doctors of osteopathic medicine ever since. In most years, the number of
Latino graduates has remained in the single digits, with a high of 13 graduates earning the doctor
of osteopathic medicine degree in both 1996 and 1998 (Fact Book, 2006).
In 1975, the private, medical school became a state college under the auspices of a public
university. The institution continued as a medical school awarding only a doctor of osteopathic
medicine degree until 1993 when master's and doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences were
added to the degree programs, thereby establishing a health science center. The first degrees in
biomedical sciences were awarded in 1994.
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