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Nov. 14, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

National magazine names KU medical school a 'top 10' school for Hispanics

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Hispanic Business magazine, one of the leading Hispanic magazines in the country, has named the University of Kansas School of Medicine one of its "Top 10 Medical Schools for Hispanics." The medical school ranked sixth.

The magazine cited the KU medical school's extensive efforts to reach out to Hispanics in recruitment, support and service. It noted that the school's Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity "assists in recruiting a diverse student body, training culturally and clinically skilled physicians, improving access to health care for underserved and special patient populations, and supporting recruitment of a diverse faculty."

In its report in the September issue, Hispanic Business noted that the medical school earned nearly $12 million in grants to recruit and retain under-represented minority students and faculty in the next three years. Hispanic students earn 4 percent of the school's medical degrees and life-science research graduate degrees.

" It is an honor to be listed, especially among universities in the southwestern United States that have significantly larger Hispanic populations to draw from," said Patricia A. Thomas, associate dean for cultural enhancement and diversity.

" We have a strong commitment from the leadership of the university to develop programs to attract and nourish a diverse student body to the School of Medicine. We believe that such diversity stimulates the educational environment and produces the most competent physicians. We are committed to support and enhance the appreciation of diversity throughout the campus," Thomas said.

In previous related rankings, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine has named the KU schools of law and journalism as top schools enrolling Hispanics. In addition, Hispanic Outlook named KU to its Publisher's Picks list of colleges and universities that do a "fine job recruiting, enabling and graduating Hispanic students."

This spring, U.S. News and World Report also named the KU School of Law to its list of "most diverse" law schools, placing it in the top 15 for Hispanic enrollment. KU ranks 17th in the nation for the overall number of doctoral degrees awarded to Hispanics.

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