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Colors of Medicine - Virtual

A Premed Confab in a Time of Social Distancing

Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm

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We invite all premeds to UTMB's Colors of Medicine - Virtual, A Premed Confab in a Time of Social Distancing. All of us have been affected by COVID-19, but social distancing doesn't mean we still can't gather and share. We're still here working, training, educating, researching and providing patient care. We don't stop. Now, more than ever, the world is looking to doctors, nurses, and the whole spectrum of healthcare professionals to lead us forward and keep us safe. The University of Texas Medical Branch takes great pride in training future healthcare leaders. That's why it's important to connect to you, our future students. 

Join the School of Medicine's (SOM) Office of Student Affairs and Admissions' (OSAA) Special Programs, Recruitment and Academic Support and Career Counseling teams as we discuss the admissions process and academic requirements, provide updates from TMDSAS and AAMC, and offer advice on becoming a more competitive applicant or re-applicant. Q&A to follow.

The Colors of Medicine medical students will be hosting a panel to discuss attending the oldest medical school in Texas, housing, finances, life on the island, their journeys into medicine, and if all they do is study. Our students are members of the Student National Medical Association, the Latin Medical Student Association and First in the Family.

Meet the team:

Perez, Norma18  Norma Pérez, MD, DrPH, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Dr. Carroll  Richard Carroll, PhD, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment

Neely, LeTanya03  Letanya Neely, BS, Director of Recruitment

Smith, Trea13  Trea Smith, BS, Recruitment Coordinator

Banks, Pierre31 (2)  Pierre Banks, EdD, Senior Specialist, Learning and Career Counseling 

First in Family - Student Leaders: Kendall Wermine, MS1, President; Isaiah Ortega, MS1, Social Media Director; Andres Cuartas-Olarte, MS1, Treasurer

Medical Student Panel and Q & A

Colors of Medicine will be held on 

When: Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm

Where: Virtual Event Space (link to be provided to registrants)

Registrations is FREE. Registration is required to attend Colors of Medicine.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/utmbcom2020

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Look for our social media and please feel free to contact us with questions. Our sites, links and email are below.

Scroll down to find more information about Colors of Medicine and underrepresented minority student recruitment into medical school.

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Contact Information:

Ms. Navarre, MS, MFA at bcnvarr@utmb.edu    409.772.2780

Dr. Pérez, MD, DrPH at noaperez@utmb.edu   409.772.3558

Email: spclprgm@utmb.edu

Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/utmbcom2020 

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program provided UTMB School of Medicine Special Projects team with funding to improve African American and Hispanic recruitment into our medical school. Below you will find information and links to additional resources. Be sure to check out our ColorsofMedicine.com website and social media links.

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Colors of Medicine is a medical student-led initiative to increase the number of underrepresented minority students matriculating into medical school. Studies have shown that physicians of color are better equipped to treat patients of color. We hope that by supporting African American and Hispanic students in their medical school endeavors we can increase the number of minority doctors in the workforce and improve health care for all patients. 

Website: http://colorsofmedicine.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColorsofMedicine/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UTMBcolorsofmed

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colorsofmedicine/


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Underrepresented Minority Student Recruitment into Medical School

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Medicine has, since the early 20th century, demonstrated a commitment to admitting and training minority physicians. This is particularly evident in our record in training Hispanic physicians. The first Hispanic medical student was enrolled at UTMB in 1917 and graduated in 1921. By 1978, 68% of all Hispanic physicians in the United States were graduates of UTMB. The first African American student was enrolled in 1949 and graduated in 1953. As of 2016, 13,422 physicians have graduated from UTMB. Of these, 887 are Hispanic and 392 are African American. Of these minority graduates, 878 now practice in Texas. UTMB has been a national leader in the graduation of URM students for many years. Compared to other US medical schools in number of underrepresented minority (URM) students graduated over the last 17 years, 2000-2017, UTMB ranks first in Hispanic graduates, fourth in African American graduates and second in overall minority graduation. Historically, Hispanic and African American graduates are more likely to practice in medically underserved areas (MUAs). 

The need for physicians and other health care professionals who reflect the gender, race, and ethnicity of patients has long been recognized (Cooper-Patrick et al., 1999; ACMH, 2011). The 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC, 2016) Report on Diversity in Medical Education highlights this fact: the Hispanic population of Texas is 38.2%, but only 13.7% of graduating medical students are Hispanic. African American graduates (6.5%) represent much less than their 11.6% of the population of Texas. [AAMC, 2016] The AAMC reported the 2013 physician labor force in Texas as 9.5% Hispanic and 4.56% African American (AAMC, 2015). 

In order to address address the disparity in the number of minority physicians and to increase the number of underrepresented minority students matriculating into medical school, the School of Medicine Special Programs was granted funds to provide on campus workshops, recruitment visits to undergraduate campuses, and mentorship from medical students and physicians. We will work one-on-one with premedical students to improve applications and offer career advice.

Please feel free to stop by our offices or contact us for any information or assistance.

Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH
Director, Special Programs
Ashbel Smith 1.212F


The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1317

Berengaria Navarre, MS, MFA
Manager, Special Programs
Ashbel Smith 1.212E