rajiv dharnipragadaA Maple Grove Senior High student has been directly accepted to the University of Minnesota Medical School through a new, accelerated program beginning this fall.

Rajiv Dharnipragada is one of only ten students to receive admission into the university’s new B.A./M.D. pipeline program. Offered in partnership between the Medical School, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and College of Liberal Arts, the B.A./M.D. pipeline program will enable students to gain the competency and confidence they need to thrive during their medical training and careers.

“I am really excited to stay in Minnesota and be with these other nine talented students to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a physician,” Dharnipragada said.

The purpose of the program is to increase and diversify Minnesota’s physician workforce. Students will journey through the seven-year program with a cohort of up to ten students.  

Dharnipragada is no stranger to the University of Minnesota; he has been involved with the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP) and medical research there for several years.

“It’s been exciting to see Rajiv reach his goals this year,” said Jennifer Hamel, college and career ESP at Maple Grove Senior High. “He is, of course, a very bright young man, but he is also very humble. It’s been a privilege to work with him and it’s rewarding to see him admitted to this unique program.”