Activity report from week of September 20 – 26

New BA/BS-DO Program

Although the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is a separate entity from New Mexico State University, one of the advantages of having the College on the NMSU campus is it helps to remind the people of the New Mexico, and prospective students, that there are many health sciences degree programs within the NMSU system and that NMSU represents a wonderful pathway to a health science career. An agreement reached in my office this week with Dean George Mychaskiw and Mr. Jon Hummer of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine creates another pathway to a career as a physician that is sure to resonate with many students from New Mexico and beyond.  We have agreed to set up a BA/BS-DO Program (stay tuned for a catchier title) in which 25 high achieving first year students will be accepted into NMSU and be given reserved spots in the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine upon graduation from NMSU.  The students will be required to maintain full time enrollment, maintain a 3.3 GPA, earn a B or better in all prerequisite courses, and achieve a 25 or better on the MCAT.  Both institutions win from this program.  NMSU will be in a better position to recruit aspiring physicians to our campus, while the Burrell College of Medicine will be able to work with these students while they are undergraduates and help them understand the medical needs of New Mexico, and career opportunities within the state.

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