Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Addressing a crisis in Latino health

The under-representation of Latino health care professionals is directly linked to continued disparities in health issues that disproportionately confront our community, such as malnutrition, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and vascular diseases. While almost one third of the California population is Latino, Latinos comprise only 4% of the state’s physicians. The discrepancy between patient and healthcare provider populations is most conspicuous in California, but the disturbing trend is prevalent nationwide.

Our Mission

We at the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) (LMSA) - Stanford Chapter are committed to rectifying this dilemma. LMSA is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through education, volunteerism, and professional networking opportunities that foster diversity, higher education, and the improved health of the Latino community. To this end, LMSA promotes:

Our Vision

With the tremendous need to recruit, prepare, and train Latino students in medicine and other health professions, LMSA is leading the way to increase the number of Latino students gaining acceptance into medical schools across the country. LMSA has been a strong voice in advocating programs, services, and equity for Latino students committed to obtaining higher education. The Latino community is not only the nation's fastest-growing population, but also its largest minority group. By recruiting, admitting, and supporting future Latino physicians, LMSA will have a significant impact on how this population utilizes our health care system.

Our Work

LMSA has organized an effective and systematic outreach to Latino students at every level of education through mentorship programs, participation in medical school admissions committees, community service programs, educational outreach fairs, and conferences. These events foster the discussion and analysis of curriculum planning, leadership skills development, medical school application and interview process, Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation, extracurricular and community involvement, and Latino health issues. The most prominent projects include:

Our Invitation

We invite you to join us in our mission to expand the educational pipeline for disadvantaged students from high school to post secondary education and beyond which will ultimately improve the quality of healthcare for our community. Please contact us to learn more about LMSA and our efforts to improve healthcare for the medically underserved.


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