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Save the date! Our next event will be Colors of Medicinea University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Medicine free recruitment event for African American and Hispanic premedical students, sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program (MHGP).

Colors of Medicine will be held on 

When: Friday, April 5, 2019 from 1pm to 5pm

Where: UTMB campus, Jennie Sealy Hospital 2.506B

Mixer: 5pm to 7pm at the Jamail Student Center

Registrations is free. Registration is required to attend Colors of Medicine and the mixer.

Register here or go to https://tinyurl.com/colorsofmedicine

Colors of Medicine is being held in conjunction with UTMB School of Medicine's 2019 Premedical Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019. For more information, click here.

Travel reimbursements are available for students with financial need. See below.

Download the Colors of Medicine flyer.

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

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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), School of Medicine Special Programs one-day Colors of Medicine will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 on the UTMB campus. This will be an opportunity for premedical applicants for the School of Medicine to speak one-on-one to deans, faculty and staff. Student leaders from the Latin Medical Student Association (LMSA) and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) will be on hand to talk about the medical school experience and share their admissions pathways. 

Join us for Colors of Medicine and stay for Saturday's 2019 Premedical Conference. Colors of Medicine is an opportunity for African American and Hispanic premedical students to get questions answered, have a hands on experience or two, view a few presentations and panels, and speak with:

Theresa Silva, Director of Admissions
Carol Cromie, our Financial Aid guru
Dr. Sarah Toombs Smith on writing and editing your personal statement
Dr. Norma Pérez, MHGP Director and Director of Career Advising for all medical students
Medical students to connect to a mentor

and seek advice on:

Navigating the AAMC and TMDSAS websites
Non-traditional students
Mistakes to avoid
Transcript/GPA review
and much, much more.

Students are encouraged to bring resumes, transcripts, personal statements and test scores. Enjoy our hospitality and find out why we want you to join us at what we believe is the best medical school in Texas.

To Register click here.

Travel: Travel reimbursements are available up to $200 to cover the cost of gas, airfare or hotel for students with financial hardships. Please email for details.

Have questions? We've included our contact information below. We look forward to seeing you in person.

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


This work was supported in whole or in part by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The opinions and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policy of the THECB.


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.


Our next event will be Colors of Medicine on Friday, April 5, 2019. This will be a half day event (1pm-5pm). Followed by a mixer at the Jamail Student Center. Sign in will begin at 12:30pm. Register here.


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


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