Reilly Quist, the daughter of Paul and Tracey Quist, is one of 10 high school seniors in Colorado to be accepted into the CU Denver BA/BS-MD program. Completion of the program guarantees Reilly a reserved spot in medical school.
She must first complete undergraduate work at CU Denver, along with required summer internships and research projects.
Reilly is a student at Vision Charter Academy but is taking three AP classes at Delta High School in preparation for college next fall. Every Tuesday she volunteers in the office of Dr. Eric Schmidt, an oncologist who wrote one of her letters of recommendation for the program.
Reilly said she's been interested in the field of medicine since she was a middle school student. All three of her brothers, who are now ages 19, 13 and 10, were patients in the neonatal intensive care unit when they were babies, which sparked an interest in neonatal care.
Reilly found the BA/BS-MD program during an online search of college options. Students must first be accepted into CU Denver before being considered for the program.
The program's goal is to seek and educate students who will commit to being a primary care physician and who will practice in Colorado. The eight-year program provides vigorous academic preparation, exposure to the profession of medicine, clinical and academic research, and a strong emphasis on personal development.
The program gives students a huge advantage because undergraduates must often apply to medical school two to three times and be willing to enroll in whichever school accepts them. The delay can cost a year or two. Now Reilly not only knows she's been accepted, she knows which medical school she'll be attending after she earns her bachelor's degree from CU Denver.
This summer she'll be participating in a summer bridge program which will help make the transition from a high school senior to a college freshman easier for both students and parents. A pre-term academic "boot camp" will further help Reilly review math and science concepts.
She was recently named a finalist for both the Boettcher and Daniels Fund scholarships.
Expectations are high for the 10 students accepted into the BA/BS-MD program. "But you were chosen for this program because we believe you have the skills and tenacity to succeed," Reilly was told in her letter of acceptance.blog comments powered by Disqus