Program Features and Curriculum

In-Depth, Year-Round Educational Opportunities for Students

The University Hospitals Heath Scholars Internship Program is a five-year, year-round program that provides learning and experience opportunities throughout the school year and over the summer. The program is designed to help minority students in the Cleveland area who desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Summer Program Features

  • Five-week intensive program at UH Cleveland metropolitan campus
  • Health professions/career exploration
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Special programs at local museums
  • University and medical school tours, anatomy labs and programs
  • Various educational field trips
  • Opportunities to earn college credit, conduct research and network

School-Year Program Features

Health Scholars showing off their splints during after-school program “casting clinic”, January 2018

Health Scholars showing off their splints during after-school program “casting clinic”, January 2018

  • Weekly after-school meetings
  • Special events
  • Self-directed learning opportunities
  • Expert visiting instructors
  • Dissections and labs
  • Standardized test preparation
  • Creative writing opportunities
  • Journal and book clubs

Five-Week Summer Program

The intensive five-week summer program occurs in June and July each year. The program includes:

  • Shadowing: Scholars are assigned to one of nine medical disciplines, such as primary care and pediatrics, and will have the opportunity to spend time working on a project.
  • Mentorship: Scholars will be matched with mentors in their area of interest.
  • Experiential learning: Scholars will engage in hands-on experiences in their assigned work area.
  • Meaningful exposure: The program includes participation in events where students will attend social events and experience wonderful cultural resources and museums.
  • Support: Health Scholar interns receive a stipend, all materials needed for the program, vouchers for healthy meals, and transportation passes to attend all events.

Learn More

For more information, please contact the Health Scholars program director, Lissette Lopez Piepenburg: .

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