Nearly one-third of students in last fall’s entering medical school class at the University of California, San Francisco are from an underrepresented minority group, a figure that won the school the title “most improved” in a Greenling Institute report.
From 2001 to 2008, according to the report which studied diversity in the University of California medical student body, the proportion of Black students at UCSF increased from 5 percent to about 10 percent, and the proportion of Hispanic students increased from about 8 percent to 13 percent. In addition, UCSF has the largest number of Black and Hispanic students of all the UC medical schools.
The fall 2008 UCSF medical school entering class was 10 percent Black, 10 percent Mexican American, 3 percent other Hispanic, 4 percent Pacific Islander and 1 percent American Indian, according to the report.
“This report is gratifying because we believe strongly that having a culture that embraces and promotes diversity is essential to fulfilling our health care education, research and patient care missions,” says Dr. J. Renee Navarro, director of academic diversity at the university.
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