Summer Scholars Program


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The Summer Scholars Program gives you the opportunity to learn more about a career in health care. From gaining additional knowledge in the basic sciences to experiencing clinical rotations, you will spend a few weeks investigating health care as a profession. In Summer Scholars, high school students learn about the health professions in hospitals, clinics and other resources in the Health Sciences District, including Truman Medical Center, the Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Children’s Mercy, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Choosing a career in health care is a big investment and the Summer Scholars Program will assist you in determining whether or not it is the right choice for you.

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Thank you so much for your interest in Summer Scholars. Our summer pipeline program for high school students who will be entering into their junior and senior years in the Fall is an opportunity the School of Medicine is proud to host every year. And we cannot wait to get the program up and running for this year because there are some exciting changes that are in the works. Recently, our Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Dean of Admissions secured a grant that will allow us to greatly expand programs like Summer Scholars. In the past, students have had two weeks to shadow doctors at Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital. With the grant, it is possible that the program will last six weeks with additional activities and experiences.

It is an exciting time for our program and we are looking forward to what we can offer students who are selected. It does, however, mean that with the transition, details are still being determined. We are having meetings to determine what the new program looks like, when the deadlines for applications will be, and which dates the program will occur this year.

We apologize that we do not currently have more specific details at this time. We encourage you to look at our website periodically for updates and announcements regarding the program this summer. If you have any questions, you may contact Allan Davis (davisall@umkc.edu).

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The experiences for previous Summer Scholars has included:

  • Enrichment in the basic sciences
  • Experience in clinical laboratories
  • The Physician Speaker Lecture Series
  • Observation of emergency services, rehabilitation services and internal medicine and nursing services
  • Hands-on experience in the medical simulation lab

By attending the Summer Scholars Program, you’ll learn what it takes to prepare for a career in health care and begin building the foundation for success in multiple areas including: interview skills, study and test-taking strategies, and interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, you will learn about various occupations from physicians and health care professionals through the Physician Speaker Lecture Series. You also will receive daily instruction in anatomy, physiology, biology and chemistry which will help you academically prepare for education in the health sciences and a career in health care.

If you’re interested in research and further clinical exposure, you can return for a second year for the Advanced Summer Scholars Program, where high school seniors further develop research skills and gain more exposure to clinical work. Advanced Summer Scholars participate in additional clinical experiences and interact with health care professionals from their first year as a Summer Scholar.

Summer Scholars is open to all interested high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall semester. This program is designed to attract students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the health care profession, including disadvantaged, minority and rural students. Most of our students attend public and private high schools in the Kansas City area (Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas).

Students are selected for participation in Summer Scholars based on:

  • A completed application form (Closed-deadline was April 16, 2018 5:00 PM CST)
  • Grades and grade patterns on high school transcripts
  • Out-of-class activities and achievements
  • Results of achievement and/or aptitude tests (ACT, PSAT, SAT, etc.)- (Optional)
  • Recommendations from a counselor and an instructor

If selected, you must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions between mid July to the early August, which will consist of daily sessions from 7:50 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   The program is free— no tuition is charged for program participation.

To learn more about whether the Summer Scholars program is right for you or your student, read this important information:
Is the Summer Scholars Program right for me or my daughter/son?

Note: Summer Scholars is not an academically accelerated program. It is most appropriate for highly motivated students who want to increase their exposure to health careers and improve their science skills through review and enrichment.