High school to med school

FAU says pro­gram is first of its kind in U.S.

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Scott Travis Staff writer FAU, 2B

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,

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