"You know your culture," said Dr. Marco Uribe, a graduate from the UCLA program. "You know your customs, the things you're used to. You know how a patient will respond to your advice."
UCLA's program, unfortunately, receives more applicants than it can accept.
"Most who enter the program don't graduate because they can't pass the rigorous first exam, due in part to less laboratory-science coursework in Latin American medical schools," Dowling said.
Two other exams, plus clinical observation, are also part of the requirements in order for these Latin American trained doctors to receive U.S. licenses.
But the driving hope behind this program is that the more Latino doctors graduate from it, the more Latinos in medically underserved areas will be served.