Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program

$18,240
24%
Raised toward our $75,000 Goal
10 Donors
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Project ends on July 30, at 12:59 AM PDT
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Help Provide Financial Assistance to our Student Scholars!

ABOUT OUR PROJECT

UCLA Health Volunteer Services in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Surgical & Interventional Technology (CASIT) present the 2023 Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program, a 5-day program designed for high school students ages 16-18 who wish to gain experience and insight into the medical field. Scholars will have the unique opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Practice surgical skills in the state-of-the-art CASIT robotics lab
  • Talk to physicians about their educational path
  • Partake in a simulated birth
  • Observe surgical cases in the Operating Room
  • Learn about human anatomy in the Cadaver Lab
  • Practice suturing 
  • Perform an ultrasound
  • Learn how to perform intubation 

 

Through participation in this program, the goal is to expose students to a wide range of health care careers and instill a passion for pursuing further education in medicine. Applications are competitive and the program seeks to reach students from across LA County and Southern California. 

The program fee of $1200 covers lab utilization, equipment, and supplies. We offer need-based scholarships to qualifying students, and this year we are hoping to offer support to at least 50 students. Additionally, some students may benefit from financial support for meals and transportation. Philanthropy helps ensure that qualified and passionate students can participate in the program regardless of their financial capabilities. Your donation will provide an incredible learning opportunity for the next generation of leaders in medicine. Thank you for your support! 

Here’s what previous Scholars have to say about the program: 

“I really enjoyed visiting the CASIT room filled with all the robots and technology used during surgery. Being able to try out the technology that surgeons used helped increase and strengthen my desire to pursue a career in surgery.”  

“I loved the suturing session. I have always wanted to become a general surgeon and being able to use surgical tools was an incredible experience because I was able to apply what I have read about to something kinesthetic” 

“Thank you for the experience! I knew I wanted to do medicine before coming into the program; however, being able to see these kinds of things and listen to other’s experiences has inspired me to not only continue on this pathway but to work hard to excel in it” 

“I think this was hands down the most interesting summer program I’ve ever done…this was truly a transformative experience…”

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$20

$20

Your gift covers the cost of a t-shirt for a camper to remember their time in the program.

$75

$75

Your gift supports a meal and transportation for a student in need.

$100

$100

Your gift covers the cost of gloves, protective goggles, and other lab equipment.

$240

$240

Your gift covers a day of the program for one student.

$500

$500

Your gift covers suturing kits to practice surgical skills.

$1,200

$1,200

Your gift covers the full program costs for one student.

$2,400

$2,400

Your gift covers the full program costs for two students.

$4,800

$4,800

Your gift covers the full program costs for four students.

$7,200

$7,200

Your gift covers the full program costs for six students.

$12,000

$12,000

Your gift covers the full program costs for ten students.

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