According to the May 4, 2009, edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Loma Linda University ranks 26th overall among the top 100 colleges offering doctoral degree programs to Hispanics.
Andrea Arguello and Irena Cabrera (from left), students at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM), confer with H. Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the School. Ms. Arguello and Ms. Cabrera are scheduled to graduate with their MD degrees in 2011. According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, LLUSM ranks 15th among American medical schools.
Isaac Penalba and Stephanie Calvillo, third year students in the LLU School of Dentistry, think Loma Linda University deserves the high score it received from The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Mr. Penalba LLU, "offers a place where we can use our Hispanic background and language skills to reach out to other Hispanics in our local and international community." Ms. Calvillo adds that the School of Dentistry "provides services to the local community by educating its youth about dentistry in our annual minorities in dentistry program."
Pipeline programs, which channel Inland Empire high school and undergraduate students into professional health careers, are a big factor in Loma Linda University’s recruitment success among Hispanics and members of other minorities. Members of the summer 2009 program recently met with LLUAHSC President Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, (gray shirt in the center) who discussed LLU’s commitment to global health. Next to Dr. Hart are Marino De Leon, PhD, director of the Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine at LLU. Next to Dr. De Leon is Elaine A. Vanterpool, PhD, and her husband, Conwin K. Vanterpool, PhD. Dr. Elaine Vanterpool is an assistant professor in biology at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Conwin Vanterpool holds the same position at Alabama A & M University in Normal, Alabama. Both Drs. Vanterpool, who are mentoring students in the summer program, are LLU graduates.
Yamel Ramirez, a third year LLU School of Dentistry (LLUSD) student, reports that he enjoys being treated with equality. “What matters,” he says, “is that I am treated like a human being.” Mr. Ramirez made his comments in response to an article in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, which places LLUSD in a tie for 9th place among schools offering professional dental degrees to Hispanics.
Fabian Rodriguez, a third-year student at the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, enjoys a relaxing moment with Lori Mendoza, PharmD, director for institutional practice, division of experiential education. According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, the LLU School of Pharmacy ties for 7th place among schools offering professional pharmacy degrees to Hispanics.