Youth Empowerment Project & HOSA at UNM
Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) at UNM Hospital's Batcave (medical training/simulation center) offers 2 programs for high school students interested in exploring careers in medical fields:
1) A year-round after-school program, which meets once every 2 weeks. This is a voluntary program, but APS students who complete YEP Level I receive .5 elective credit on their HS transcript for “Service Learning” at The University of New Mexico. To apply for the 2017-18 school year, see website, complete & submit application by July 17, 2017.
YEP is a multi-year program, and students involved in YEP are invited to participate in HOSA, a competitive premedical society for high school & college students. For more info on HOSA, click here.
2) Free, 3-day summer intensive programs on a variety of medical topics. Summer 2017 topics to choose from: Surgical Intensive (July 25 - 27) and Pediatric Intensive (Aug. 1 - 3). Deadline to apply for Surgical: May 19 (application here); Deadline to apply for Pediatric: May 26 (application here).
Questions on either of these YEP programs, contact Ms. Velhagen.
Considering a career in a medical field? It's important to commit time & energy to volunteer work in a clinical setting (hospital, doctor's office) and/or to shadowing a professional in the field you're interested in. This can be done in the summers or during the school year. Some hospitals, like UNMH, allow HS students to apply to volunteer in summers only. Contact those programs directly to apply, or think about volunteering for/shadowing doctors, nurses, dentists, PTs, OTs or other providers to prepare for a medical career.
Combined BA/MD Program at UNM
This highly competitive program accepts only 28 students per year from across the state of NM, and is designed to educate a new generation of doctors who commit to staying in New Mexico to practice medicine in underserved communities. See UNM's Combined BA/MD website for information and to apply, in the fall of senior year.