The University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine Hispanic
Center of Excellence (UCSD SOM HCOE) supports the development of
and research skills of Hispanic students so that they may successfully
complete their course of study and thereby increase the number of
Hispanic health professionals serving our communities and the number
of Hispanic faculty in health professions schools.
Emphasis is placed in development of faculty by establishing a pipeline
of qualified under-represented minority health professions students.
The pipeline begins at least 10 years before a student enters medical
Hispanic students accepted for enrollment in the medical school
complete a four or five year curriculum that includes faculty supervised
experiences in basic science, public health, and behavioral or clinical
research. These experiences are designed to enhance the student's
critical thinking skills and increase their ability to later compete
for positions in academic settings.
Student retention activities such as tutorials, counseling, and
preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examination
(USMLE) are provided by programs within the medical school.
The HCOE medical student's research experiences include preparation,
publication, poster and workshop presentations of research papers.