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Enabling a first-hand look into the medical field

Students feel the pulse on a mannequin in the simulation lab during the ASU Summer Health Institute

Students feel the pulse on a mannequin in the simulation lab during the ASU Summer Health Institute.

A core pillar of Campaign ASU 2020 is to enrich our communities by sustaining and strengthening our existing service programs and launching new ones. For the past four years, high-achieving, rising high school seniors from a variety of backgrounds have gathered on the Downtown Phoenix campus for a weeklong immersive health education experience, the Summer Health Institute (SHI).

Thus far, SHI, hosted by the College of Health Solutions (CHS), has provided nearly 100 high school seniors the opportunity to experience various aspects of health and health care prior to enrolling in college. For the first two cohorts, 100 percent enrolled in either a community college or a four-year institution. 50 percent of SHI alumni have enrolled at ASU with many also choosing to join Barrett, The Honors College.  The Summer Health Institute will host its fifth program in July 2018.

“This program wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated financial support, time, and energy from our sponsors and volunteers,” said Nate Wade, Senior Director for Academic Services at CHS and the program’s leader.

Philanthropic investments from community partners in previous years have ensured that SHI is free for all participants. Students from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. This year’s impact of the Summer Health Institute will be doubled, thanks to the generosity of Creighton University School of Medicine and Dignity Health, who have underwritten the expansion of SHI to two full weeks. The total number of participants will increase from 24 to 48.

ASU student Keana Nguyen served as a camp counselor during the 2017 Summer Health Institute. When Nguyen was a high school senior, she was part of the Summer Health Institute’s first cohort.

On the impact of SHI on her own college experience, Nguyen told ASUNow, “Going through the program a second time as a counselor made me realize how much impact the first time had on me as a high school student. It’s a great way for high school students to get a first-hand look into the medical field before they start their college careers. Thanks to the Summer Health Institute, I believe that I have the right combination of skills, resources and knowledge to make it through my last two years as an undergrad and will continue on to graduate school with confidence.”

Applications for this the 2018 Summer Health Institute are now open.