New program to guarantee medical school admission

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New program to guarantee medical school admission

Two Sunnyside High School seniors each year will be guaranteed admission to UC San Francisco Medical School, contingent upon their successful completion of a bachelor’s degree and a pre-medical curriculum at California State University, Fresno, university officials announced today.

The pre-qualified seniors will be selected from the Health Professions Preparatory Academy (HPPA) that will open next fall at the new Sunnyside High School in the Fresno Unified School District.

The two high school students will attend Fresno State and, upon completion of a degree with a 3.6 grade point average and a 10 score on the

Medical College Admissions Test, will be awarded admission to UCSF Medical School. The UCSF Medical School is ranked as one of the top five medical schools in the United States.

“The fact that UCSF is anxious to partner with Fresno State clearly demonstrates that we have the capability to prepare high quality students who will go on to the finest medical school on the West Coast,” said J. Michael Ortiz, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Of course, these students will be eligible to attend virtually any other medical school in the nation.”

Ortiz said the selected students will attend Fresno State in a rigorous program concentrating on math, science and English. The students will also be given special consideration for scholarships at Fresno State.

Collaborative partners in the agreement are Fresno State, UCSF, UCSF¬Fresno Medical Partnership, FUSD, Fresno County Office of Education, and Partnership for Health Professions Education.