SAME Program

Student Access to Medical Education (SAME)


According to the most recent U.S. Census, over 50 % of Texans are now historically underrepresented minorities, and the number of low-to-moderate income families requiring financial aid for students to attend graduate school is rising. Projections for educational attainment in these populations, which is historically low because of socioeconomic and other factors, suggest that continued disparity will occur among economically disadvantaged students for professional/graduate school enrollment.There is an urgent need to train a large number of health professionals to serve the minority population in Texas in the near future. UNTHSC is a leader among the health science centers in Texas in training minority students.

Student Access to Medical Education (SAME) Program is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The goal of the program is to provide increased access to medical and dental education and career placement to underrepresented minority and economically or educationally disadvantaged individuals. SAME will provide those who have received undergraduate degrees in science with a challenging, focused one-year graduate-level education experience that will prepare them for entry to medical and dental schools.


Program Director: Dr. J. K. Vishwanatha

Co-Program Director: Dr. Patricia Gwirtz

Program Coordinator: Dr. Amalendu P Ranjan

This page was last modified on May 24, 2018