The state of Texas’ close proximity to Mexico and Central America has fostered a longstanding hispanic population throughout the the state, with Texas boasting the largest population of hispanic residents. As a result, the state’s biotech and life sciences sectors are leaders in developing medical research and treatments tailored to the specific needs of the hispanic community. Recently, Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine was named as the second-ranked medical school for Hispanics nationwide, according to a recent survey in Hispanic Business magazine.
BCM has been ranked number 4 for the past two years, but this year’s new assessment puts it in the elite for medical research and development that focuses on Hispanics.
Hispanic Business offers “top-10” university rankings like these each year for four key disciplines: business, law, engineering and medical. The universities that are evaluated are ranked based on a wide-ranging criteria that includes “enrollment, faculty, reputation, retention rate and the use of progressive programs to recruit, support and mentor Hispanic students,” according to a BCM press release.
In this way, BCM not only leads in hispanic-oriented medical research, but also is educating a high level of Hispanic researchers and medical practitioners for the future: “Hispanic students make up almost 14 percent of BCM’s medical school enrollment, and last year, almost 13 percent of M.D. degrees were awarded to Hispanic students.”
Dr. Stephen B. Greenberg, senior vice president and dean of medical education at BCM, recently commented on the achievement, saying, “Baylor College of Medicine continues to be committed to training and educating a wide diversity of students, reflecting the diversity of Houston and Texas.”
Of course, BCM’s high national ranking are not limited to Hispanic Business’ survey: according to U.S. News & World Report, the medical school is also ranked 18th among all research-intensive medical schools in the United States, and 24th among top medical schools in primary care.
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