(Feb. 11, 2013) -- The UTSA University Health Professions Office will host physicians representing the Tour for Diversity in Medicine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. The tour is designed to empower minority students with the advice and resources they need to pursue careers in medicine and dentistry.
Supported by a grant from the Aetna Foundation, the free, all-day workshop is open to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. Workshop sessions will cover the medical school application process, admissions tests, financial aid, interviewing skills and an overview of health disparities.
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with physicians, dentists and medical students and hear their stories about how they overcame obstacles to pursue careers in medicine or dentistry.
Health disparities extend beyond access to care and insurance; they include the quality of patient care, which is impacted by the lack of diversity in the health care profession. Although African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans comprise more than 26 percent of the U.S. population, they only represent only 6 percent of practicing physicians and 5 percent of dentists, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Additionally, African-American and Hispanic students comprised only 15 percent of all U.S. medical school applicants in 2011. Yet, research shows that patients who receive care from physicians of the same race are more satisfied with their medical visits and more engaged in their treatment.
The Tour for Diversity in Medicine is a grassroots volunteer initiative that was started by two young physicians looking to make a change. Members will travel more than 1,000 miles to visit six universities across Texas.
To register for the UTSA workshop, visit the Tour for Diversity in Medicine website.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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