About Advanced Medical Academy

2020 Advanced Medical Academy March Program Summary 2020 Advanced Medical Academy November Program Summary

The overall goal of the Advanced Medical Academy (AMA) program is to provide an advanced learning and growth opportunity about an important and timely healthcare topic and related careers. AMA programs are for Medical Academy Alumni only (this includes student participants from Weekend and Summer programs, as well as Volunteer Group Leaders/Mentors, and FACES for the Future students if possible), and will provide exposure to medical topics beyond what students would have learned. The AMA program utilizes lectures/interactive discussions, hands-on skills clinics, career panels, and/or team-building/networking to accomplish this goal.


This unique and once-of-a-lifetime experience is designed for Medical Academy alumni interested in learning about surgery; the role of charitable organizations in healthcare and global health; and becoming an Ambassador for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts.

  • Shadow a surgeon as they perform procedures for children and young adults who are suffering from physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease.
  • Interact with a multidisciplinary team including Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Scrub Techs, and Translators.
  • Learn from clinicians from a variety of healthcare facilities within San Diego.
  • Educate others about Fresh Start by creating a plan to spread the word in the community.

⇐To learn more information about the experience of our students during the November 2019 and the March 2020 programs, refer to our AMA-A Surgical Experience with Fresh Start Program Summaries.

2023-2024: November 3-5, 2023 and March 8-10, 2024- Applications are closed, please check back in fall of 2024

It was really great as we did get to see the whole process of what Fresh Start does and got the chance to actually talk with all the volunteers. 2019 AMA Student

I felt that the Advanced Medical Academy exceeded my expectations because it gave me new insight into all of the different roles involved in surgery, as well as newfound knowledge of various medical procedures. 2020 AMA Student