The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received a $4.4 million grant to help fund the Hispanic Center of Excellence Medical Careers Diversity Program.

The three-year grant from the Health Research Services Administration will enable the center to continue its partnership with six undergraduate institutions to develop a larger pool of competitive applicants for medical careers. The center also supports the recruitment, training and retention of Hispanic faculty.

“This grant is a critical step in the continuation of the pipeline programs that have garnered UTMB a national reputation for diversity and education of underrepresented and minority students,” said Dr. Garland Anderson, provost and dean of the School of Medicine.

Since the early 20th century, the School of Medicine at UTMB has played a major role in training minority physicians. The first Hispanic medical student graduated from UTMB in 1921, and the school has trained the highest number of minority physicians in the state of Texas.