Our signature program, the Summer Medical Academy (SMA) is an educational summer program that provides high school age students with unique and exciting opportunities to explore the world of medical training and practice. SMA is for students who have an interest in healthcare as a career, and to inspire those students to become caring, insightful health professionals in a complex and rapidly changing world. The program utilizes a mixture of lectures /interactive discussions, hands-on skills clinics, group projects, career panels, and team building/networking. Throughout the program, faculty, group mentors, and program staff encourage and support students to identify and reflect upon their interest and motivation for pursuing a career in healthcare. SMA is coordinated by the Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities in partnership with the UCSD School of Medicine.
Learning, Doing, Sharing – During this 2-week intensive, learn about the wide range of possibilities in a healthcare career; gets hands-on experience through different skills clinics; hear about key topics in medicine from experts; and make connections with future colleagues.
NEW: Two 2-Week Sessions for Summer 2018!
Session 1: June 18 – 29, 2018
Session 2: July 9 – 20, 2018
Heading into our 5th year of programming, the Summer Medical Academy has 165 program alumni and is consistently highly recommended by students. To learn more about the 2017 Summer Medical Academy and the experience of students who participated, read the 2017 Program Summary and view the Program Celebration video below.
A Lifelong Impact.
One of the main goals of the Summer Medical Academy is to reinforce and/or increase our students’ interest in pursuing a career in healthcare. For our 2017 SMA students, 100% reported that the program did just that!
100% of students who participated in the 2017 Summer Medical Academy also reported that they would recommend the program to a friend who was interested in healthcare!
“I am now open to considering alternate medical jobs rather than pursuing a single career.”
“My knowledge about the medical field has really expanded because of this academy.”
“I think the most important thing I learned in the SMA was ‘If it’s not passion, don’t do it.’ I will never forget those words.”
Students shared that the program affected them personally and professionally as well, with many of them learning important lessons that will stay with them throughout their careers. In particular, they now know the importance of being open to the great and expansive world of healthcare and medicine.
“I learned that I don’t always have to have the entirety of my life planned out. There are so many ways and so many roads to take. This program also helped me manage my time and helped me feel less self conscious.”
“I learned that there is so much more to the medical field other than doctors and hospitals. And in becoming a doctor, there is so many other things to consider than just school.”
Coming into the program, many students were unsure of exactly what they were getting themselves into. Expectations were high, and we’re proud to share that 100% of students reported that the 2017 Summer Medical Academy either exceeded or met their expectations.
“It exceeded my expectations because it brought things into consideration that are going to be valuable in the years ahead. I loved all the hands-on experience.”
“Being able to meet with such a wide-variety of specialists was such a privilege, but what surprised me the most was the hands-on activities. Those blew my mind and was an experience I doubt I’ll receive anywhere else. I definitely feel more knowledgeable about the realities of this field, and it has helped give me career advice.”