Graduate and Professional Students Pipeline Program

Optional Introduction.

The UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity invites UNM students pursuing a health profession or STEM field to participate in the Interprofessional Health Outreach Program and partake in a unique experience that allows an opportunity to give back to their community.  Student from all HSC disciplines are invited to take part of this commitment and give back to their communities and impacting New Mexican youth.

Values

The Office for Diversity and the fellowship participants understand that working with New Mexico youth is a privilege and a tremendous responsibility. As a group they believe that their stories and experiences have the power to inspire, every opportunity to engage youth is precious, and each have the potential to succeed. The fellowship participants understand and celebrate the strengths of all individuals and the assets that exist in their families, communities, and cultures to promote diversity and inclusion.

Purpose

New Mexico needs talented young leaders who have had profound exposure to our communities’ broader realities, who understand the opportunities and challenges presented in diverse environments, and who ultimately have the skills and determination to share and give back to communities the new knowledge and skills they have gained. 

Program Structure

The fellowship program provides an opportunity for UNM HSC students to outreach to both urban and rural communities by engaging with youth in schools, after-school programs, community centers and career fairs. Fellowship participants are strongly encouraged to give back to the community where they are from and/or attended school, but are not limited to one specific site. Over the duration of the program students will have several opportunities to go out to different rural and urban communities.

The Office for Diversity will reimburse fellowship participants for their cost to travel out to these sites; this will include mileage and per-diem. The Office for Diversity can also purchase supplies and materials to support outreach presentations.

The Office for Diversity incorporates Positive Youth Development into every presentation, which is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive and recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths. Therefore, we require that fellowship participants incorporate hands on activities and information that are culturally relevant and can be used to engage the youth.

Requirements

Twelve-month commitment, with a minimum of 6 points of community involvement

  • Fellows will earn 1 point per presentation (if the presentation is within the 75 mile radius surrounding Albuquerque) and 2 points if the presentation is further.
  • Must complete training session prior to presenting
  • Must attend a final focus group to improve the fellowship

Resource Rooms

There are two resource rooms available for student use. The study/meeting room is located in the Basic Medical Sciences Building (BMSB) in room B-53. This room is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to students who have access to BMSB. Students must obtain the access code from the Office of Student Services, BMSB room 107. The student organization room is located in BMSB room B-83. This room is available to all medical school students. The room is equipped with computer workstations, printers, microwave oven, and telephone.

Peer Tutorial Service

The Peer Tutorial program is primarily for first-year students who may desire additional assistance with specific subject areas. Medical students with expertise in an academic area typically serve as tutors and are usually 3rd and 4th year medical students. Medical School department students who wish to obtain a tutor may contact the Office of Diversity.

Laptop Computer Loan Service

A limited number of laptop computers are available for student check-out. They may be checked out for a period of one week. Students are not allowed to load programs onto the laptops. Students should save documents to a flash drive through web based file storage rather than onto the hard drive. UNM HSC students who would like to check out a laptop computer may contact the Office of Diversity.

Resource Library

The resource library is located in room B-80 of the Basic Medical Sciences Building. Materials are loaned for a two-week period. A variety of resources are available, including basic science pre-test books, USMLE and MCAT study books, medical Spanish dictionaries, and pre-medical planning guides.