Three HCHS graduates reunited in elite residency program with Harvard Medical School

August 1, 2014

Each year Health Careers High School graduates earn thousands of dollars in scholarships and embark on careers in medicine scattered at universities and later medical schools across the country. While some will cross paths in the future, the story of HCHS graduates Aaron Goldberg, MD, PhD; Kunal Patel, MS, PhD; and Nicholas Short, MD is pretty remarkable.

The three are part of an elite group of 40 residents that graduated in June from the internal medicine residency program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

It’s rare to have more than one student from the same high school, let alone three graduates of the same high school in the BWH program, a testament to the quality of instruction offered at Health Careers High School, San Antonio’s premier magnet school. Goldberg graduated from HCHS in 1997, Patel in 1998, and Short in 2003.

“We would have been thrilled to hear that one of our former students was graduating from such a prestigious and competitive residency program,” says Health Careers Principal Linda Burk. “However, the fact that out of 40 graduates, three are graduates of Health Careers is truly extraordinary and we are proud beyond belief.”    

How prestigious is the BWH program? Each year, there are 3,000 applicants and 250 are selected for interviews. Only 40 are then chosen for the residency program.

To read more about the three physicians’ journey from Health Careers High School and where they are headed next in their careers, click here.