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Supporting the minority physician pipeline: providing global health experiences to undergraduate students in the United States-Mexico border region.

  • Author(s): Burgos, Jose L
  • Yee, Daniel
  • Csordas, Thomas
  • Vargas-Ojeda, Adriana C
  • Segovia, Luis A
  • Strathdee, Steffanie A
  • Olivares-Nevarez, Jose A
  • Ojeda, Victoria D
  • et al.

Published Web Location

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4472552/
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Abstract

BACKGROUND:The sizeable US Latino population calls for increasing the pipeline of minority and bilingual physicians who can provide culturally competent care. Currently, only 5.5% of US providers are Hispanic/Latino, compared with 16% of the US population (i.e., >50.5 million persons). By 2060, it is predicted that about one-third of all US residents will be of Latino ethnicity. ACTIVITIES AND OUTCOMES:This article describes the Health Frontiers in Tijuana Undergraduate Internship Program (HFiT-UIP), a new quarterly undergraduate internship program based at a US-Mexico binational student-run free clinic and sponsored by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. The HFiT-UIP provides learning opportunities for students and underrepresented minorities interested in medical careers, specifically Latino health. DISCUSSION:The HFiT-UIP might serve as a model for other educational partnerships across the US-Mexico border region and may help minority and other undergraduates seeking academic and community-based enrichment experiences. The HFiT-UIP can also support students' desires to learn about Latino, border, and global health within resource-limited settings.

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