The Medical Academy (MA) volunteer program is designed to provide young adults with a valuable leadership and growth opportunity supporting high school students who are also interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. This program is open young adults who are currently enrolled in a post-high school education program (i.e. 2-year or 4-year) with the goal of pursuing a career in healthcare and/or education.

Engage with students during all program components to help create an inspiring educational environment. Support program staff with day-to-day program operations.
Participate in activities and facilitate team-building initiatives with students and program staff.

Interact with various professionals from Rady Children’s, UC San Diego, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Applications for 2024 Summer Medical Academy Group Mentor will be available in late Fall 2023. For more information about this unique opportunity, please email

Session 1: June 17-28; Session 2: July 8-19, 2024

Applications now open! Apply Here

Please review the MA Volunteer Program Service Description – 2022 before applying

I found the GM experience to be extremely rewarding. Seeing the students discover and get excited about different medical fields, and come to me for advice made me feel like an important part of their journey. Caleen GM 2018

Serving as a GM allowed me to gain valuable experience leading a group of students and providing mentorship. I was also able to improve upon my communication and public speaking skills, and the professional relationships I built has been extremely helpful in providing additional opportunities. Cassandra GM 2018

I think that being a GM not only gives you the tools to be confident in your role as a leader, but also the necessary means to begin networking with healthcare professionals and continue in your professional development. Paola GM 2018 & 2019

SMA Group Mentor was very positive experience for myself. It gave me an opportunity to work with students that interested in health career. I see the younger version of myself through them. Hung GM 2015