FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 24, 2007
Contact: Paige Stein
Barry University graduates more Hispanic podiatric physicians than any other school in the nation
University also recognized for number of undergraduate degrees awarded in computer and health sciences
Miami Shores, Fla. -- For the fourth consecutive year, Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine has been recognized for graduating more Hispanic podiatric physicians than any other school in the nation, according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.
The magazine, which serves as the sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community, ranked Barry as No.1 in its annual Top 100 issue, in which it lists colleges and universities that awarded the most degrees to Hispanics based on the latest information from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). BU’s School of Podiatric Magazine graduated 13 Hispanics, eight females and five males, in the 2006.
“This statistic exemplifies Barry University’s mission of providing a caring, quality education with service to the community. The idea that our podiatric medical student body should reflect the demographic of our community is an important component of that mission,” said Dr. Chet Evans, dean of BU's School of Podiatric Medicine. “When our podiatric medical students leave us to become residents and then ultimately enter their medical practice, they represent the best of what Barry University stands for and has to offer as a valuable member of the South Florida higher education community.”
More than 900 students have graduated as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University, the only podiatric medical school in the southern United States. The School’s Foot and Ankle Institutes provide more than $1.5 million in charitable care each year, while its Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project has provided life-altering medical treatment to thousands of underprivileged children in Mexico's Yucatan Penninsula.
Barry was also ranked No. 6 in awarding computer science undergraduate degrees to Hispanics and No. 8 in awarding Health Sciences undergraduate degrees.
These rankings are illustrative of Barry's continued commitment to diversity. The university was federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution in May of 2006. In January of this year, BU broke ground on the The Center for Community Health and Minority Medicine. The Center will house classroom, research and clinical facilities used to train tomorrow’s health care professionals and to conduct research on diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations and underserved communities.