High School Pipeline Program

Dream Makers Health Careers Program (DMHCP) is a joint effort between the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) Office of Diversity and several school districts throughout New Mexico. Dream Makers provides middle and high school students with unique opportunities to gain exposure to the many possibilities in the health professions while enhancing their science and math skills. Dream Makers is particularly interested in recruiting students who are first generation college attendees, come from economic or educationally disadvantaged areas, and are underrepresented in medicine.

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While all UNM HSC Office of Diversity pipeline programs seek to broaden students’ knowledge and preparation for health careers, Dream Makers specifically works to: 

  • Expose students to a variety of health careers through hands on activities (problem based learning)
  • Enhance students math and science skills
  • Increase understanding of importance of higher education
  • Increase understanding of the importance of cultural impacts on health

What does Dream Makers offer?

  • Dissection of various specimens
  • Blood pressure and temperature instruction
  • Health professionals panel
  • Instructional interaction with UNM medical students
  • Activities planned by individual school club advisors
  • Year-end awards banquet

The HEALTH CAREERS ACADEMY (HCA) is an intense and rewarding six-week, non-residential program held at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM for high school students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors. The program is also designed to enhance math, science, language and critical thinking skills while exposing students to health and science related professions. This program will challenge students by balancing a rigorous academic curriculum, ACT preparation, service learning, and health science career exploration.

What does HCA offer?

  • Over 100 hours of math, science, and language instruction
  • 20 hours of ACT preparation and practice exams
  • CPR/First Response Certification
  • Individual tutoring to support instruction
  • Presentations from health professionals
  • Service Learning/Community Based Project
  • Cultural humility training
  • $1000 stipend upon completion of the program

Student Expectations

  • HCA students are expected to commit to the full six-week program plus one-day orientation
  • Participants may not bring their own vehicles and are expected to secure daily transportation to UNM for classes from 8am - 4pm (subject to change)
  • Participants must comply with campus policies regarding conduct, academic honesty, and lawful behavior

Student Eligibility

  • New Mexico resident with a valid SSN or ITIN (for payment purposes only)
  • Interest in pursuing a health career 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Parental permission
  • Must be a current freshman, sophomore or junior in high school to apply (seniors check out the Undergraduate Health Sciences Enrichment Program)

The UNDERGRADUATE HEALTH SCIENCES ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (UHSEP) is a six-week, academically rigorous residential program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) that provides an academic learning environment for entering college freshmen who are interested in a career as a health professional. The program will challenge students with a rigorous curriculum with academic, social, and developmental support.

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What does UHSEP offer?

  • Over 100 hours of math, science, and language instruction
  • Individual tutoring to support instruction
  • Presentations from health professionals
  • CPR/First Response Certification
  • College preparation
  • Service learning/Community project
  • Housing at the UNM Main Campus
  • Cultural humility trainings
  • $1000 stipend upon completion of the program

Student Expectations

  • Participants must commit to the full six-week program plus a one day orientation
  • Participants are required to live on the UNM campus
  • Participants may not bring their own vehicles
  • Participants must comply with campus policies regarding conduct, academic honesty, and lawful behavior

Student Eligibility

  • New Mexico resident with a valid SSN or ITIN (for payment purposes)
  • Interest in pursuing a health career
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Incoming College Freshmen
  • Acceptance to and entering a post-secondary college/university