UNM's BA/MD Program: a 2012 check-up
Ryan Mals and Pavan Angadi (pictured) - two of the students profiled in a 2012 HSC TV feature on UNM's BA/MD program –  are part of the latest BA/MD cohort to graduate from the UNM School of Medicine.
Credit: John Arnold

The University of New Mexico's Bachelor of Arts to Medical Doctor, or BA/MD, program saw 14 UNM School of Medicine students cross the stage as new physicians this month. To date the program has graduated 24 students – eight male and 16 female. This year’s graduates, who will continue their studies in residency programs across the country, include:

Pavan Angadi, a graduate of Clovis High School. Angadi will be studying ophthalmology at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC.

Lisa Antonio, a graduate of Eldorado High School. Antonio will be studying family medicine at Montana Family Medicine in Billings, MT.

Kresta Antillon, a graduate of Rio Grande High School. Antillon will be studying family medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Estevan Apodaca, a graduate of Los Lunas High School. Apodaca will be studying family medicine at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School in Austin, TX.

Brandi Bahringer, a graduate of Deming High School. Bahringer will be studying pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Laura Finley, a graduate of Sandia High School. Finley will be studying pediatrics – primary at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

Brian Lopez, a graduate of Tucumcari High School. Lopez will be studying family medicine at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT.

Ryan Mals, a graduate of Albuquerque Academy. Mals will be studying psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Heidi Overton, a graduate of Gallup High School. Overton will be studying general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Paola Roldan, a graduate of Sandia High School. Roldan will be studying internal medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, CO.

Lucy Ruan,  a graduate of Del Norte High School. Ruan will be studying internal medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Chelsea Sanchez, a graduate of Sandia High School. Sanchez will be studying pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Kenna Sheak, a graduate of Grants High School. Sheak will be studying pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Phung Vo, a graduate of Manzano High School. Vo will be studying family medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

The university’s BA/MD program recruits talented New Mexico high school seniors from across the state who demonstrate an ability in and commitment to the health sciences. Admission to the BA/MD Program is based on an applicant’s history of New Mexico community involvement and volunteerism, academic excellence, honors and awards, letter of recommendation and more.

Each “homegrown” class enters the UNM College of Arts & Sciences and works through the program’s specialized undergraduate curriculum. Those students who meet the undergraduate program’s academic standards automatically earn a reserved seat in UNM’s nationally ranked School of Medicine. There, students intent on practicing in the state embark on a medical school curriculum and training focused on the particular healthcare needs of New Mexicans.

Ultimately the program was developed to serve underrepresented and underserved New Mexico communities and has accepted more than 300 students, many from smaller communities in the state, like Bloomfield, Clayton, Tohatchi, Tucumcari, Grants and others.

“It’s critical that we continue to recognize and nurture the academic talent in our smaller towns and communities, while developing practicing physicians in underserved areas of our state,” says BA-MD Executive Director Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD, UNM Health Sciences Center vice chancellor for diversity.

For more information visit the the BA/MD program website.