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Stanford Report, January 5, 2000

Ron Garcia named minority affairs assistant dean

BY JOYCE THOMAS

Ronald Garcia, PhD, has been appointed the School of Medicine's assistant dean for minority affairs effective Dec. 1, 1999. The appointment was approved by the provost last month and will be reported at the January meeting of the board of trustees.

"Dr. Garcia has provided remarkable leadership and vision for the School through his work at the Center of Excellence and the Health Careers Opportunity Program," said School of Medicine Dean Eugene A. Bauer, MD. "Ron's contributions have been integral to the School's progress in promoting the recruitment and selection of underrepresented minority students, as well as to increasing the number of minority students who are seeking leadership careers in medicine. His appointment will help the School to maintain its commitment to expanding opportunities for minorities," Bauer said.

"I am very excited about my appointment," said Garcia. "In many institutions, this position focuses primarily on minority student recruitment and retention. I embrace these areas too because they are very important, but I intend to get involved in other areas as well. There are major challenges in so many areas of medicine; I am very pleased to be in an institution that is willing to pursue solutions and has a long history of commitment to minority recruitment," he said.

"In fact, the appointment will dovetail nicely into my current activities as the director of the Center of Excellence and the Comprehensive Health Careers Opportunity Program, which are designed to increase the number of minority leaders in academic and clinical medicine," Garcia said.

Garcia, a senior lecturer in the Department of Medicine's Division of Family and Community Medicine since September 1987, has been program director of Stanford School of Medicine's Center of Excellence (COE) since 1992 and program director of Stanford's Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) since 1996. The COE, a minority recruitment, retention, curriculum development, research and faculty development project, was established through federal grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Health Professions. HCOP, a six-week summer program instituted in response to dwindling minority applications, aims at helping college students from underrepresented minorities strengthen their qualifications for medical school.

Garcia received three degrees at Stanford, a master's in education in 1971 and both a master's in psychology and a PhD in educational psychology in 1977.

Since 1997 he has chaired the minority and non-minority disadvantaged students advisory panel of the Medical School's Committee on Admissions. SR