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making up approximately 36% of the total population (Fact Book, 2006). The two participants
from the medical school comprised 29% of the medical school population; the one participant
from the School of Public Health comprised 33% of the SPH population, and the one participant
from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences comprised 100% of the GSBS population that
year (Fact Book, 2006).
The population for this study is self-identified Latino students who completed a doctoral
degree at this health science center. To keep the focus of this study on the ultimate success of
Latino students at a health science center, students who graduated with a bachelor's degree or a
master's degree were removed from the pool of potential interviewees. That excluded 64 former
students from the potential pool of 246 Latino graduates of this health science center as of
academic year 2004-2005, leaving the number of possible interviewees at 182 (Fact Book, 2006).
Since the medical school has been in existence longer than any of the other schools, the
total number of Latino graduates from the medical school is larger at 167. So 91.7% of the total
number of Latino graduates with a doctoral degree from the health science center have received
doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees. Because of this skewed pool of potential interviewees,
the researcher reduced the number of potential interviewees even further to provide a more
accurate picture of all fields represented at this particular health science center.
The latest school to begin awarding a doctoral degree was the School of Public Health, so
the researcher reduced the pool of potential interviewees based on the date of the first doctoral
degrees awarded by the School of Public Health. To do this, the institutional Fact Book (2006),
based on information from the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Strategic Evaluation and
Analysis, was consulted for clarification. The first doctoral degrees were awarded in the School
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