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Professional Achievement Training for Transdisciplinary Health (PATH) Emerging Leaders Program

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Please look for Summer 2019 applications in February 2019.

If you're a high school senior graduating in 2018 or 2019, you can now apply for the Professional Achievement Training for Transdisciplinary Health (PATH) Emerging Leaders Program. This weeklong program is for future leaders in healthcare and health research who are dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of people of color in New Mexico and across the globe.

The PATH program, which is a Building Outstanding STEM-H Students (BOSS) initiative, exposes, engages and inspires African American youth and other underserved youth from all over New Mexico to pursue science, technology, engineering, math and health (STEM-H) careers through programs and partnerships with local organizations. Participants will access strong STEM-H education and career exploration opportunities.

Precollege Summer Program

During the PATH program, you'll gain confidence and a competitive edge in a supportive learning environment committed to elevating your skills and opportunities as a leader in health and health equity. Network with students, experts and other future leaders while you live and learn on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque from June 24th-June 29, 2018.

Enjoy a challenging and rewarding program that includes:

  • Clinical shadowing
  • Research training
  • College preparation
  • CPR/first response certification
  • Presentations from health professionals
  • Lectures from top academic faculty
  • Service learning/community-based project
  • Housing at the UNM residence halls
  • Meal plan for the week
  • Great connections and college experience
  • $500 stipend upon completion of the program

PATH Requirements

In order to successfully complete the program, you must:

  • Commit to the full one-week program, plus a one-day orientation, and the graduation ceremony on Friday, July 13th.
  • Live on campus. You may not bring your own vehicle.
  • Comply with campus policies regarding conduct, academic honesty and lawful behavior.


You're eligible to apply for PATH if you are:

  • A resident of New Mexico with a valid Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (for stipend purposes).
  • A rising high school senior or incoming college freshman at a post-secondary college or university with a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Interested in pursuing a health career that addresses inequities in the African American community and other communities of color.

How to Apply

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the program:

  • Student application
  • Two short essays
  • One recommendation letter
  • One unofficial copy of your transcript
  • Resumé

Support Services

As a participant in programming offered by BOSS, you can access online and in-person student support resources, such as tutoring, laptop loans and resource libraries.

 Contact Us

Find out how the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion can help you succeed as a faculty member, staffer or student. Call 505-272-2728 or email us today.