Health Leaders Summer Academy
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the UCF College of Medicine is delighted to offer the Health Leaders Summer Academy (HLSA). The program is a hands-on, educational summer experience for Orange and Osceola rising juniors that have demonstrated a strong passion for pursuing a career in medicine through their academic achievements. Ideal candidates are students that have completed their sophomore year in high school and one year of Biology. The program will present the opportunity to gain exposure to UCF faculty, staff, and medical students in a series of experiences and activities designed to increase interest and awareness in the health professional workforce.
The 2020 Health Leaders Summer Academy took place on July 17. Please check back in the spring for 2021 dates and application.
Learn More About the Health Leaders Summer Academy
UCF Health Leaders Summer Academy 2018
Summer Academy Helps Underserved High Schoolers Prepare for Health Careers
Medical Mentorship Navigation Program
Through learning modules and mentorship, the Medical Mentorship Navigation Program (MMNP) provides participants with a deep understanding and preparedness of the activities and requirements needed to be a successful candidate for the M.D. program at UCF College of Medicine and other medical institutions. The MMNP pairs faculty members and community physicians with underrepresented students from the UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences who have a strong academic record and a passion for medicine. We believe that this formal mentor relationship, when paired with facilitated learning sessions, will help qualified students better prepare themselves according to medical school admissions requirements and inspire them to pursue a career in medicine or another health-related profession.
The MMNP 2020 Cohort has reached capacity. Please check back in the summer for 2021 dates and application.
Student Diversity Liaisons
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomes and invites prospective medical students of diverse populations, at any stage in their academic or professional career, to connect with us! Meet with Dr. Rahman, Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, to learn about diversity at UCF COM and garner guidance and feedback on your CV for your medical school applications. After meeting with Dr. Rahman, you will have the opportunity to engage with COM Student Diversity Liaisons for candid conversation, insight, and perspective from current UCF medical students.
Prospective Student Resource Program
Current COM medical students are integrating into the curriculum of local high schools to provide key resources and insight into the path towards medical school. The medical students will host virtual session(s) with high school students to share firsthand knowledge about undergraduate education, the medical school admissions process, available resources, and medical education experiences. The sessions will feature guest speakers, including UCF Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising office and community physicians from underrepresented backgrounds, and mentorship opportunities with medical students and practicing physicians.
Healthy Lifestyle Initiative for High School Students
Healthy Lifestyle Initiative for High School Students is a new opportunity, led by COM medical students, that strives to provide high school students with the knowledge and skills to lead a healthier lifestyle and improve their health outcomes in the future. Over the course of the 6 month program, students will learn the six main pillars of lifestyle medicine: stress, sleep, risky substances, activity, nutrition, and social relationships.