Strengthening the community college pathway to medical school

A study of latino students in California

Efrain Talamantes, Karla Gonzalez, Carol M. Mangione, Gery Ryan, Alejandro Jimenez, Fabio Gonzalez, Seira Santizo Greenwood, David E. Hayes-Bautista, Gerardo Moreno

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: One third of Latino medical students begin their premedical undergraduate education at a community college (CC) or 2-year college, compared to a 4-year university. This study explored the academic and personal experiences Latino premedical students commonly encounter at the CC. METHODS: In 2013, five focus groups with Latino premedical and medical students (n=45) were conducted in Los Angeles and San Jose, CA. All students were enrolled or attended a CC. In addition, 20 CC key informants participated in semi-structured interviews to further describe the Latino CC premedical experience. The focus group and key informant transcripts were transcribed and analyzed for common themes using qualitative methods. RESULTS: Content analysis of 2,826 distinct comments identified major themes: (1) Personal health-related experiences in underserved communities, (2) CC relevant premedical guidance, (3) Limited preparation in navigating the pathways to medical school, and (4) Competing demands and college affordability. CONCLUSIONS: Early CC enrichment programs with direct ties to health professions advising programs, 4-year universities, medical schools, and physician mentors are needed to support Latino pre-medical students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-710
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume48
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Talamantes, E., Gonzalez, K., Mangione, C. M., Ryan, G., Jimenez, A., Gonzalez, F., ... Moreno, G. (2016). Strengthening the community college pathway to medical school: A study of latino students in California. Family Medicine, 48(9), 703-710.

Strengthening the community college pathway to medical school : A study of latino students in California. / Talamantes, Efrain; Gonzalez, Karla; Mangione, Carol M.; Ryan, Gery; Jimenez, Alejandro; Gonzalez, Fabio; Greenwood, Seira Santizo; Hayes-Bautista, David E.; Moreno, Gerardo.

In: Family Medicine, Vol. 48, No. 9, 01.10.2016, p. 703-710.

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Talamantes, E, Gonzalez, K, Mangione, CM, Ryan, G, Jimenez, A, Gonzalez, F, Greenwood, SS, Hayes-Bautista, DE & Moreno, G 2016, 'Strengthening the community college pathway to medical school: A study of latino students in California', Family Medicine, vol. 48, no. 9, pp. 703-710.
Talamantes E, Gonzalez K, Mangione CM, Ryan G, Jimenez A, Gonzalez F et al. Strengthening the community college pathway to medical school: A study of latino students in California. Family Medicine. 2016 Oct 1;48(9):703-710.
Talamantes, Efrain ; Gonzalez, Karla ; Mangione, Carol M. ; Ryan, Gery ; Jimenez, Alejandro ; Gonzalez, Fabio ; Greenwood, Seira Santizo ; Hayes-Bautista, David E. ; Moreno, Gerardo. / Strengthening the community college pathway to medical school : A study of latino students in California. In: Family Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 48, No. 9. pp. 703-710.
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