November 9, 2005

Contact: Cindy Foster (505) 272-0260

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARLSBAD, NM Students and their families, community leaders and educators anyone, in fact, who would like to know more about UNM's new program to recruit high school seniors with an interest in medicine are invited to meet with State Senator Steve Komadina on Friday, November 11, between 5:30- 7 p.m. at Steven's Inn.

Komadina is both an M.D. and a graduate of the UNM School of Medicine and was one of the supporters of legislation that created the school's new BA/MD program. The program, which is a partnership between the UNM School of Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences, is an innovative approach to growing native New Mexican physicians by admitting 25 qualified, culturally diverse students annually from throughout the state into a progressive undergraduate curriculum. Then, pending their academic performance, each student will be hold an automatic reserved seat in UNM's nationally ranked School of Medicine .

"Anyone in southeastern New Mexico who interested in knowing more about how to pursue a career in medicine in New Mexico, you will want to take this opportunity to meet with Senator Komadina ," said Paul Roth, M.D., dean of the school of the UNM School of Medicine. "He is passionate about medicine and dedicated to seeing that all areas of the state will be able to meet their healthcare needs in the future."

The deadline to apply to the 2006 BA/MD program is December 1, 2005 . Interested people should drop the Steven's Inn meeting room anytime between 5:30pm and 7:00pm to learn more about the program. For more information, please call (505) 272 9479.

In addition to the specialized enrollment and curricula, the program offers scholarships and financial aid programs, specialized advising and tutoring, faculty and community mentoring and other student activities and support services.

For more information on UNM's new combined degree program, call 800/225-5866, option 3. In Albuquerque , call 277-2260.