Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Recognition of this month began in 1968 and was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.
In 2021, 19% of the US population identified as Hispanic. According to data from a 2021 AAMC report, 7.2% of active internal medicine physicians identified as Hispanic (alone or with any race); for med-peds, the number was 4.5%. Of the AAIM members who have shared their race or ethnicity, 5.8% indicated that they are Hispanic or Latino.
AAIM is proud to endorse the principles behind Hispanic Heritage Month as it strives to meaningfully address diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in medicine and in our society more broadly.