University of Illinois at Chicago
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University of Illinois at Chicago
808 South Wood Street
Room 990 CME
Chicago, IL 60612
United States
The Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) was established in 1991 to address the severe shortage of Latinos in medicine. The Center aims to develop an educational pipeline from high school to medical school faculty. The HCOE sponsors pre-college programs such as the Medicina Academy Apprentice Program and the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program. College-level programs such as the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program; the Medicina Scholars Program; and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Health Disparities.  Additionally, they have programs for medical students: the Medicina Fellows Program; the Summer Medical Student Research Program; the Prep for USMLE Step 1; the Urban Medicine Program; and for junior medical faculty they offer the Faculty Development Fellowship. Finally, they sponsor the Academia de Padres Leadership Institute for parents whose children are interested in the health professions. To complement the structured programs they provide advising and career counseling from high school through medical school. 
Their mission is to improve the medical care of Latinos in Illinois by providing programs that strengthen the pipeline and increase the number of Latino applicants pursuing health careers. They aim to: develop a competitive applicant pool of Latinos for medical school admissions; enhance the academic performance and overall experience of Latino medical students; provide opportunities for faculty student research on Latino health issues for undergraduate and medical students; design curricular initiatives to increase the linguistic and cultural competence of college of medicine students; provide faculty development activities to train, recruit and retain Latino faculty; and, raise funds to support scholarships for Latino medical students.
The College of Medicine is consistently ranked among the top ten medical schools for Latinos, and was ranked 1st in Latino enrollment.
Medical school outcomes:
· Of the 222 Latinos that entered the college of medicine in 2007 to 2011, 217 (97.8%) have either graduated or will graduate by next spring. The 222 entering Latino students comprised 14.1% of all students that entered in that same period.
·  During academic year 2013-14, 28 medical students completed the Clinical Spanish elective course. In Summer 2014, 94% of Latino second-year students passed the USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt (same as school %). Also that summer, 16 rising M2s completed the Summer Medical Research Program. In Spring 2014, 21 students completed the Urban Medicine Program, including six Latinos (29%).
Undergraduate outcomes:
·  A total of 134 Latino college students participated in 2013-14. In Summer 2014, 29 incoming UIC freshmen participated in the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program—Track 3; 10 students took part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program on Health Disparities. A total of 93 students were involved in Medicina Scholars during 2013-14, with 25 of them completing the 3-year program. Of the total, 59% are first-generation college students.
Pre-College program outcomes:
· 203 high school students were engaged in structured programs. The second cohort of Medicina Academy participants (n = 22) completed high school this spring; 100% were admitted to four-year universities. Last summer, 106 students participated in one of these three programs: the Rural Medicina Academy in Rockford, IL; and the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program, Track 1 and Track 2.
Last spring 22 Latino parents completed the one-year Academia de Padres Leadership Institute. In Fall 2014, 20 Latino first-year medical students were awarded scholarships, or 52% of all scholarships awarded that year. 
Program Focus
Health, Pathway/Pipeline