Who better to care for New Mexican's health than New Mexicans?  Throughout the state there are students today in high school and undergraduate college programs who may be interested in health care but who don't necessarily think resources are available to help them train as health care professionals.  

With the help from a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, personnel from the UNM Office of Cultural and Ethnic Programs (OCEP) within the UNM School of Medicine are working to find and mentor those students and their families.  Four programs this summer will be offered through the OCEP offices.  Students will have a chance to earn a daily stipend while learning first aid, study and other skills that can help them find a career as a healthcare provider. 

The programs are:

1)  Health Careers Academy,  June 9- July 18

This is a summer program designed for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to help strengthen ACT/SAT scores and provide information and exposure to health careers.  Students will:

·        receive instruction  in math, science, English, and study strategy skills

·        attend workshops and/or seminars on the University of New Mexico campus

·        receive certification in CPR

·        take weekly ACT practice exams

·        receive a daily stipend  

2)  Undergraduate Health Sciences Enrichment Program I, June 9-July 18

This program is for graduating high school seniors who will be entering any UNM branch campus, fall 2003, and are interested in any type of health career.  Students will:

·        receive instruction in math, science, and English

·        participate in seminars/workshops related to health careers

·        receive certification in CPR

·        participate in cultural events such as the Santa Fe Opera and Acoma Pueblo

attend LOBO Orientation

  • live in the UNM dorms
  • receive a daily stipend

3)  Undergraduate Health Sciences Enrichment Program II,  June 9-July 18

This program is for returning UNM freshmen from any UNM branch campus that will be sophomores, fall 2003, and are interested in any type of health career.  Students will:

  • receive instruction in math, science, and English
  • participate in seminars/workshops related to health careers
  • receive problem-based learning instruction
  • receive certification in CPR
  • receive first aid and vital signs training
  • participate in a rural community health fair along the US/Mexico border
  • participate in cultural events, such as the Santa Fe Opera and Acoma Pueblo
  • live in the UNM dorms
  • receive a daily stipend

  4)  New Mexico Clinical Education Program, June 2-July 25

This program is for college juniors, seniors or graduates who plan on applying to the UNM School of Medicine and who have taken the MCAT or who have registered for the April or August 2003 MCAT.  Students will:

  • receive certification in CPR
  • receive first aid and vital signs training
  • learn patient intake procedures
  • receive ethics and cultural competency training
  • live and work in a rural New Mexico primary care clinic
  • receive a daily stipend

The application deadline for all programs is March 31, 2003.  Applications are available in the Office of Cultural and Ethnic Programs, Basic Medical Sciences Building, room 106.  Call 272-2728 for further details, or contact Peter Couse, pcouse@salud.unm.edu or Lori Gallegos, lmgallegos@salud.unm.edu.

 

 


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322