About Summer Medical Academy
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/self-care activities.
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 collaboration with a number of community partners, such as the UCSD School of Medicine, Illumina, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and the Pacific College of Oriental 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.
Learn about the results of our two 2-week programs through the program summaries.
Applications for the 2022 Summer Medical Academy are now closed. Applications were due Thursday, March 31st, COB. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or around Friday, April 15th.
July 11-22, 2022
After completing our 6th year of programming, the Summer Medical Academy now has 334 program alumni and is consistently highly recommended by students. To learn more about the 2019 Summer Medical Academy and the experience of students who participated, watch our Graduation Celebration Videos below.
“It’s fantastic. I’ve learned so much important information about the health care field. This whole experience has reassured my desire to go into medicine. I hope I can participate in more academies and programs.”
“The Summer Medical Academy greatly exceeded my expectations. Each day was different and in depth about each topic. I loved it.”