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Medical Programs

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-- DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED INTO AUGUST 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 were Surgical Intensive and Pediatric Intensive. Check YEP website later in 2017-18 school years for Summer 2018 programs!

Questions on either of these YEP programs? Contact Ms. Velhagen.

Combined BA/MD Programs at other colleges

Students interested in going to medical school may want to investigate BA/MD programs at colleges & universities outside of NM. Here is a helpful article and list, and here is a helpful website.

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.

Volunteering/Shadowing

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.