The School of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs is again offering a number of unique summer courses designed to expose high school and college students to a variety of health careers.  Students receive a daily stipend.  Deadline for application is May 1.  The courses include: 

Health Careers Academy (HCA)

The Health Careers Academy is a six-week summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who qualify as disadvantaged students.  HCA is designed to help strengthen ACT scores.  The program is also designed to provide information on, and exposure to, various professions in the health care field. 

Selected applicants will attend a six-week, non-residential summer program that will include courses in math, science, English, and study skills.  ACT instruction will also be available.  In addition, students will attend presentations by UNM Health Sciences Center professionals, engage in hands-on educational activities, and learn about various health careers.

Students will receive a daily stipend for their participation in the program.

Eligibility requirements include:

1.  Cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale

2.  Interest in a health profession

3.  Parental permission

4.  Proof of health insurance or Medicaid

5.  Qualify as either educationally or financially disadvantaged.

Undergraduate Health Sciences Enrichment Program (UHSEP)

The Undergraduate Health Sciences Enrichment Program is a six to eight-week summer program which assists New Mexico students who qualify as disadvantaged and who plan to attend any branch campus of the University of New Mexico.  The program is designed to enhance academic preparation and facilitate entry into medical or allied health profession schools.

The UHSEP program is separated into two residential summer sessions.  UHSEP I takes place the summer before a student's freshman year at UNM.  UHSEP II takes place the summer before a student's sophomore year at UNM.  UHSEP students will attend classes in math, science, English, study skills, and humanities in medicine.  They will also attend health professions seminars and educational and cultural field trips.

UHSEP students are required to stay in residence halls at UNM in Albuquerque and attend all classes and activities.  Students are required to complete a volunteer experience either in Albuquerque or in their home communities.

Students will receive a daily stipend for their participation in the program.

Eligibility requirements include:

1.  Minimum GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale

2.  Must currently attend or plan to attend any UNM branch campus

3.  Proof of health insurance or Medicaid

4.  Qualify as either educationally or financially disadvantaged.

New Mexico Clinical Education Program (ClinEd)

This program provides experience in a rural clinical setting by placing students in primary care facilities and community health centers throughout New Mexico.  Students shadow physicians and participate in all areas of the clinic and the community.  This program is offered to students who are seriously pursuing a medical career. 

Prior to placement in a rural clinic, students receive training in Basic Life Support CPR certification, First Aid and vital signs, patient intake procedures, ethics and medicine, and ultural diversity and competency training.

During the eight-week program, students volunteer for a 40-hour week during which they are exposed to community outreach and patient education; patient intake procedures; physical exams, diagnoses, and treatments; emergency medical services and treatments; laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray; and administration, business management, and medical records.

Eligibility requirements include:

1.  New Mexico resident

2.  College junior, senior, or graduate

3.  3.0 science GPA on a 4.0 scale

4.  Desire to attend the UNM School of Medicine

5.  Have either taken or registered for the MCAT exam

6.  Financially or educationally disadvantaged.

Students will receive a daily stipend for their participation in the program.

Application deadline for these programs is May 1, 2004.

Call 272-2728 or come to the Cultural and Ethnic Programs office located in the Basic Medical Sciences Building, Room 106 to pick up an application for any of the programs. 


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322