The Latino Physician Legacy

Creación de el legado patrimonio para nuestros hijos que es una tradition de academica sera la responsibilidad de Latinos y la communidad collectiva que beneficia a todos en California.

The above sentence can be translated as, “Creation of the legacy for our children that is a tradition of academia is the responsibility of Latinos and the collective community – benefitting all Californians.” The Latino Physician Legacy is a Latino cultural mainstay, handed down from one who has gone before. The LPOC aims to create the foundation and infrastructure to make the connections and to pass on the skills, training and fortitude it takes for a greater number of young Latinos to become tomorrow’s physicians. That is our legacy. With a $10,000 grant from the Sierra Health Foundation, LPOC is researching the elements that should comprise a ‘model of educational attainment’ to support young Latinas and Latinos early on, starting at eighth grade to ensure they have the opportunity to become physicians in California. A key strategy for this LPOC project is to work with universities, medical schools, and other education systems to increase the number of Latinos trained as physicians in California. Providing culturally competent healthcare is one of the most longstanding and difficult issues for the Latino community. It will take the longest to achieve, so we have to start now.

Believing that youth should inform our direction, the LPOC Board of Directors has reserved a dedicated seat since its inception for a young Latina or Latino from the Latino Student Medical Association (LMSA). Their participation has been three-fold: (1) It provides them exposure to and support from leaders in academia, healthcare, administration and government; (2) The LMSA representative provides a much-needed perspective from a young future physician leader that is crucial to our mission and for the creation of the Latino Physician’s Legacy and (3) They share their Board experience with other LMSA members. LPOC also has alliances with the American Medical Students Association that we will continue to build upon.






The Latino Physicians Needs Assessment

With a grant from Dignity Health, the LPOC Board of Directors developed a plan to survey the nearly 3,000 Latino physicians in California. They secured a database of self-identified, licensed Latino physicians from the California Medical Board. In addition, the California Office of Statewide Health Planning, Workforce Development Division agreed to work with LPOC and to provide both staff and contract support. The California Medical Association (CMA) will support this effort by issuing the survey through their 2,000 Latino-member list with the responses going directly to LPOC. We will seek other physician organization partners for like participation. A contract was signed with a survey firm. It is anticipated that the survey will be issued by October and tabulated before the end of 2013.

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