High school to med school
FAU says program is first of its kind in U.S.
FloridaAtlanticUniversity is admitting a new type of medical student: one who has just graduated fromhigh school.
The university has created a program that allows graduating seniors from FAU High, a campus school where they earn high school and college credit simultayear to receive a four-year full scholarship into the medical school.
Officials say they think it’s the first program of its kind in the country.
Four graduates received deferred admittance into the medical school. They’ll be able to start training as doctors as soon as the fall of2018. They’llbeeligible towork as paid medical residents when they’re 22 or 23, which makes them significantly younger than the average FAU medical graduate, who starts a residency around age 30.
The four students signed their acceptance letters Friday at the medical school. The scholarship will save them $31,000 a in medical school tuition.
“I’m overwhelmed with excitement. This is themost incredible opportunity I’ve ever been offered,” said Cara Busheme, 18, of Boynton Beach.
Busheme has earned about three years of college credit through her high school experience at FAU. She plans to finish her bachelor’s degree and work on research at FAU, with plans to enter med school as soon as the fall of 2019.
MaxRabil, 18, ofBoca Raton, already has his bachelor’s degree from FAU, after takneously,