They started out as high school students in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Stanley, Gallup and Rio Rancho. Today UNM's first BA/MD graduates are medical doctors, ready to embark on residency programs and careers in medicine. It's a big step in the short history of the BA/MD program, designed to address New Mexico's physician shortage.
Dr. Diane Klepper has received the UNM School of Medicine's Living Legend Award. Klepper was the first woman fellow at the school in 1967, and she also served as its assistant dean of students for thirty one years. She retired in 1999.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid powdered caffeine products, following the death of an Ohio teenager last spring. Dr. Steven Seifert, medical director of the New Mexico Poison Center at the UNM Health Sciences Center, warns that the powder can be nearly 100 percent caffeine, making even small amounts dangerous to consume.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico is using more HPV vaccine to protect more adolescents against cancers. Dr. Patti Gravitt, a UNM HPV epidemiologist, encourages parents to get their kids vaccinated between the recommended ages of eleven and twelve.
Robert Loftfield, PhD, was a nationally known biochemist and founding faculty member of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine died Sept. 4, 2014. He was honored in 2013 as a UNM School of Medicine "Living Legend."
New Mexico students are getting exposure to careers in health, thanks to the UNM Health Sciences Center Dream Makers program. Middle and high school students in this innovative program meet twice a month at their schools to learn about careers in nursing, medicine, biotechnology and other fields.
The UNM College of Nursing debuts its first online course for nurses in rural areas. The eight-week course provides nurses with resources to help them boost health care in rural communities.