Program Aims To Alleviate State Physician Shortage

Oct 19, 2017

  New Mexico has a chronic shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas.  On this episode, we look at a program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine that is working to address that by recruiting promising high school students who want to work in New Mexico to enter the Combined BA/MD Program. The students earn an undergraduate degree through the College of Arts and Sciences in a curriculum designed to prepare them for medical school. They can then transition into UNM school of medicine to train as doctors.


Dr. Renee Varoz graduating from medical school


  • Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott, vice chancellor for diversity with the UNM Health Sciences Center Office For Diversity and executive director of the UNM Combined BA/MD program
  • Dr. Renee Varoz, graduate from the first BA/MD class currenty working at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque
  • Rushi Mankad, undergraduate in the BA/MD program from Hobbs, New Mexico