Frequently Asked Questions
There are two main goals of this program:
- Help address the critical physician shortage in New Mexico by providing educational opportunities to those students who are most likely to return to the state to practice medicine. (The majority of NM counties are federally designated as being medically underserved.)
- Encourage greater diversity of students trained as physicians. See the School of Medicine (SOM) Admission Policy.
Students who accept a position in the BA/MD program are required to attend the UNM School of Medicine and to sign a Statement of Commitment to these goals.
Eight years total. Most students will complete the undergraduate program in four years.
Accommodations may be possible for those who finish the undergraduate curriculum in three years. Note: If a student completes the undergraduate curriculum in three years, they are not allowed to enter the School of Medicine early, but will be encouraged to pursue additional coursework and/or other interests during their fourth year. They will transfer to the medical school with their class after the fourth year.
Medical school portion is four years.
The MERGE Program is designed to address attrition in BA/MD cohorts. Students who were waitlisted at the conclusion of an admissions cycle may be invited to join the program between their sophomore and junior year at UNM, depending upon attrition in the BA/MD class for which they originally applied.
- Reserved seat at the UNM School of Medicine – consistently recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top-ranked programs in the nation.
- Supportive undergraduate experience that offers opportunities and seminars specifically designed for BA/MD students.
- Camaraderie with BA/MD peers and medical students.
- Unique degree program that helps address the healthcare needs of New Mexico.
- Supplemental scholarship paid for 4 years.