Summer Scholars Program
The Summer Scholars Program is a four-week, non-residential educational/preparatory experience that introduces selected high school juniors and seniors to a myriad of opportunities in the health care field. The program is designed to identify talented minority and economically disadvantaged high school juniors and seniors and to encourage them toward careers in medicine and other health science careers. The program is held during the months of June and July, and commences on the first Monday following the Fourth of July holiday and ends on the last business day of the month.
Program components include:
- Basic science enrichment
- Exposure to various aspects of the medical field
- Opportunities to interact with medical students and medical professionals
- Interviewing and personal development skills
- Information about preparing to apply to medical school
Primarily a classroom based program, the curriculum is made up of a variety of experiences ranging from didactic (daily) lectures to critical skills building exercises and clinical rotations at Truman Medical Center, the UMKC School of Medicine's primary teaching hospital.
- Language Arts
Other Classroom Experiences
- Verbal Reasoning
- ACT and Standardized Test Taking
- Interviewing Skills
- Team Work
- Medical Terminology
- Understanding Health Disparities
- Physician Speakers Series
- Outpatient Services
- Clinical Laboratories
- Emergency Services
- Rehabilitation Services
- Nursing Services
- Intensive Care Services
- Cadaver Lab
The advanced program includes a unit on Health Sciences Research in which students are paired with medical school faculty members.
Before you apply:
To learn more about whether the Summer Scholars program is right for you or your student, please read this important information:
Area high school counselors receive packets each March that include a personal letter explaining the program and application forms for distribution. Counselors are asked to identify students who might benefit from the Summer Scholars Program. All applicants must submit a completed application form, but it must be coordinated through your high school counselor. (click here to download the application). Please note: 2014 Session will be held July 14 - August 8th. Applications are due by May 2, 2014
Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:
- Quality of a written essay response to the statement "I want to participate in the Summer Scholars program because ..."
- Grades and grade patterns (high school transcript must be submitted)
- Out-of-class activities and achievements
- Honors and awards
- Course selections
- Results of achievement and/or aptitude tests (ACT, PSAT, SAT, etc.)
- Written recommendations from a counselor and science/mathematics instructor
- Written permission from a parent(s) allowing the student to participate in the program
Applications should be returned to:
UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Advanced Summer Summer Scholars Program
Students who have already completed the Summer Scholars Program are eligible to attend the Advanced Summer Scholars Program. This program focuses on clinical rotations and research. To apply, please (coming soon - please check back), complete, and return.
Applications and all application materials (including letters of recommendations, essays and transcripts) are to be received by April 26, 2011 for full consideration.
Dress Code for the Summer Scholars Program (click here to download)
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National Youth Forum on Medicine Summer Program (NYLMED)
UMKC School of Medicine has partnered with the National Youth Forum on Medicine (NYF-MED) to provide a ten day residential summer enrichment program for high-achieving high school students interested in medicine. The program will be offered from July 21 through July 30, 2013.
You can access more information about the program and how to register through the following link: http://www.nylf.org/med/dates/kansas.cfm.