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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. 

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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