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Camp cardiac at unm school of medicine

Camp Cardiac is a 1-week (Mon. to Fri.) summer day camp 8:30am to 4:00pm.  The camp is open to HS students (including 2019 graduates) 15-18 years of age as of first day of assigned session and currently residing in the US.

See Camp Cardiac website for details and application.

Dates: June 10 - 14, 2019 at UNM School of Medicine.

Deadline to apply: May 10

Deadline for scholarship application: April 15

Cost: $575 incl. meals

The camp is run by local medical students and serves as an ideal introduction for any HS student interested in exploring a career in medicine. With a focus on both education and real world experience, Camp Cardiac provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field; it also provides a foundation for heart healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise.

Medical Programs

UNM Youth Empowerment Project

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 UNM. To apply for the 2019-20 school year, see YEP website , which will be updated in Spring 2018. Deadline is typically in late June.  YEP is a multi-year program, and students are invited to participate throughout high school and into college, if desired.

2) Free, 3-day summer intensive programs on a variety of medical topics. Summer 2018 topic was Surgical Intensive and in past years a Pediatric Intensive has been offered, as well.  Check YEP website later in 2018-19 school year for Summer 2019 program info and application!

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.

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.

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.  BA/MD provides a full-ride scholarship for the undergraduate program, and students are reserved a spot in UNM's highly-rated medical school.  See UNM's Combined BA/MD website for information and to apply, in the fall of senior year.

2 Summer Medical Programs at UNM

1) Health Careers Academy Summer Program for High School Students-- Deadline to apply: March 27, 2019:  If you're headed into 11th or 12th grade and interested in a health- or science-related career, the Health Careers Academy at the UNM Health Sciences Center can help you build the skills you need for academic success and help you explore potential jobs. Enhance your math, science, language and critical thinking skills before your junior or senior year in high school. The HCA is a 6-week, non-residential program that's held at UNM HSC campus from June - July. Enjoy a challenging and rewarding program that includes:

  • Up to 6 weeks of math, science and language instruction
  • ACT preparation and practice exams
  • CPR/First Response certification
  • Presentations from health professionals
  • Service learning/ community-based project
  • Cultural humility training
  • Stipend upon completion of the program

Start your application here

2) Undergraduate Health Sciences Enrichment Program (UHSEP): Pre-Med, Pre-College Summer Program-- Deadline to apply: March 27, 2019:

Take part in the Undergraduate Health Sciences Enrichment Program (UHSEP) at the UNM the summer before your freshman year at college. You'll build skills not only for your academic career but your future as a health professional.

During UHSEP's six-week program, you'll gain confidence and a competitive edge in a supportive learning environment staffed by expert instructors. Make connections with your peers while you live and learn on the UNM campus from June - July. Enjoy a challenging and rewarding program that includes:

  • Up to 6 weeks of math, science and language instruction, with the potential to earn college credit
  • College preparation
  • CPR/First response certification
  • Presentations from health professionals
  • Service learning/ community-based project
  • Cultural humility training
  • Housing at the UNM residence halls
  • Meal plan for six weeks
  • Stipend upon completion of the program

Start your application here