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 2021 Summer Medical Academy Group Mentor will become available January 2021. Please check back in January 2021 for application details. For more information about this unique opportunity, please email

Download Application materials here:
Group Mentor Application

Email completed applications to Alexandra Ayala, Lead Coordinator,

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