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of Public Health in the 2003-2004 academic year; therefore, the academic year 2003-2004 was
initially chosen as the population from which to find potential interview participants.
In the 2003-2004 academic year, the institution had more Latino graduates than in any
previous year with 26; however, 17 of those graduates received master's degrees, eliminating
them from the potential pool of interview participants. Only 9 doctoral students remained in the
potential pool. Of those 9 doctoral students, 7 received the doctor of osteopathic medicine
degree, and 2 received the doctor of public health degree. The School of Biomedical Sciences
had no doctoral graduates of Latino descent in the 2003-2004 academic year, which posed
another problem. Since a lack of potential graduates of Latino descent from the School of
Biomedical Sciences would not be representative of its total proportion of Latino graduates to
date, which is almost 9%, the academic year of 2003-2004 was eliminated (Fact Book, 2006).
In the 2004-2005 academic year, 7 Latino students earned the doctor of osteopathic
medicine degree, 3 Latino students earned the doctor of public health degree, and 1 Latino
student earned a doctor of philosophy degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Because the academic year 2004-2005 had representatives from each school that currently
offered doctoral degrees at this health science center, I chose the academic year 2004-2005 as the
population from which to sample. Former students who participated in the study were chosen
based on convenience sampling, the snowball effect, and willingness of potential interviewees to
participate in the study. Four graduates from the population of 11 agreed to participate in the
study. Two participants graduated from the medical school; one participant graduated from the
School of Public Health, and one participant graduated from the Graduate School of Biomedical
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