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Hector P. Garcia, MD,
Cultural Competence Essay Award

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The Cultural Competence Essay Award honors Dr. Garcia, a distinguished 1940 alumnus of the School of Medicine and human rights advocate, and recognizes those students who demonstrate a commitment to providing quality health care to all by incorporating cultural knowledge and skills in his or her service to others. To learn more about Dr. Garcia, click here.

All full-time UTMB students are eligible to participate in the competition. Essay materials must be sumbitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20,
using the Submit Essay Here button below.

Selection Criteria

All applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student and in good academic standing
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to personal and professional development
    of cultural competency skills
  • Have demonstrated leadership and service in cross-cultural activities
  • Submit a written essay (1,500 words or less)

Application Packet

Students must submit the following materials to be considered for the award:

  • A cover letter declaring his or her interest in being considered for the award and providing information on his or her leadership and service in cross-cultural activities.
  • An essay expressing his or her understanding of cultural competence as it relates to health disparities. Students may write about their personal experiences and how their understanding, attitudes, and skills in relation to cross-cultural issues have evolved. Essays should be typed double-spaced with 1.5" margins and 1,500 words or less.
  • Applicants should not include their names on their essays, only on the cover letter.

Selection Process

Essays will be evalulated in a "blind review" process on the student's personal and professional understanding of cultural competence as it relates to health disparities and on how he or she applies it in the delivery of quality health care.

Contact Information

For more information about the Cultural Competence Essay Award or diversity programs at UTMB, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at culture@utmb.edu or (409) 747-4875.