Congratulations to Bosque senior Helen! Helen recently committed to attending the prestigious UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program this fall.
Only 28 students in the state are accepted to the UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program each year. The program includes an all-supplemental scholarship paid for four undergraduate years. The program considers all aspects of an applicant’s background, experience, and academic progress. These aspects include academics, community involvement, volunteer experience, commitment to practice medicine in New Mexico, honors and awards, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and an interview.
“When I found out I had gotten into the BA/MD I was really excited, but I had a hard time making my choice,” Helen disclosed. “Ultimately, the night before I had to commit, I sat on my roof and watched the sun set and looked up at the stars thinking about what I truly wanted in life and in college. I want to be a doctor but also explore different areas of academia, and above all, I was frustrated that I was not able to help with the current, ongoing public health crisis.” She went on to explain, “I chose to apply to the BA/MD because it sounded like a great program (which it is), but I ultimately decided to attend because of an unfettered desire I have to help the community of New Mexico as a health professional. I am really excited for all of the new opportunities that are about to emerge and to be surrounded by 27 other students who are as excited about the medical field as I am.”
This past March, Helen was named the New Mexico Jr. Medical Reserve Corps Member of the Year for the passion and compassion she has for patients and quality health care for all people. Helen has since spent numerous hours volunteering her services as a Bosque School First Responder and also in the greater community. Every Monday afternoon during her senior year, prior to social-distancing restrictions, Helen traveled 20 miles west of Albuquerque to the Westside Housing Center to shadow the doctors, learn more about the needs of healthcare for the homeless, and provide basic care such as cleaning and wrapping wounds, giving nebulizer treatments, working at the front desk, and taking inventory on medical supplies. She has demonstrated a strong passion for helping vulnerable populations in her community, and it is no surprise that others have noticed her tenacity as well.