NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2009 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The UNM School of Medicine (SOM) welcomes the following Las Cruces residents and high school graduates to its first-year medical student class: Ø Kimberly Benavidez, Las Cruces High School Ø Ashley Gilbert, Mayfield High School Ø Hannah Kinkel, Las Cruces High School Ø Edward Makarewicz, Las Cruces High School Ø Carol Morales, Onate High School Ø Jonathan Romero, Onate High School Ø Andrea Sandoval, Onate High School Of the 604 total applicants for the School of Medicine Class of 2013, only 75 students were accepted. Throughout the admissions process, each of these new medical school students demonstrated strong academic achievement and leadership skills as aspiring physicians prepared to pursue an exceptional education at UNM. They should be congratulated for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments in gaining admission to the SOM. Established in 1961, the UNM School of Medicine admitted its first class in 1964 and since has gained national and international recognition for its dynamic curricular innovations aimed at adapting adult learning theory to medical education. In the latest issue ofU.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools”, UNM’s SOM ranked second in the nation for its Rural Medicine program and is among the top 30 medical schools in its primary care curriculum. Through its vital patient care, education and research missions, the UNM SOM has established itself as a global leader in training future generations of health practitioners. For more information on UNM’s School of Medicine, visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/som/or call 505/272-4766.