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Medical Programs

Youth Empowerment Project 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 2018-19 school year, see YEP website

YEP is a multi-year program, and students involved in YEP 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 2017 topics were Surgical Intensive and Pediatric Intensive. Check YEP website later in 2018-19 school year for Summer 2019 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.

Summer Medical Programs at UNM

Deadline to Apply: March 2019 (TBA):  Health Careers Academy (HCA) Summer Program for High School Students: If you're headed into 11th or 12th grade and you're interested in a future health or science related career, the Health Careers Academy (HCA) at the UNM Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) 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 on the UNM HSC campus in Albuquerque from June through July. Enjoy a challenging and rewarding program that includes:

  • Up to six 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
  • Sessions on cultural humility
  • Stipend upon completion of the program

Start your application here

Deadline to Apply: March 2019 (TBA): Health Sciences Enrichment Program (UHSEP): Pre-Med, Pre-College Summer Program

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 in Albuquerque from June through July. Enjoy a challenging and rewarding program that includes:

  • Up to six 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
  • Sessions on cultural humility
  • Housing at the UNM residence halls
  • Meal plan for six weeks
  • Stipend upon completion of the program

Start your application here

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.