Deadline Extended: FACES Summer Medical Academy, new deadline is April 20

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Founded in 2005, the FACES Summer Medical Academy (FSMA) is a tuition-based, intensive summer day experience designed to expose high school students to the fields of medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, the goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training. Furthermore, young people are introduced to critical concepts that promote an understanding of culturally responsive and compassionate health care practice.

During the two-week academy, FSMA students are exposed to clinical skills training, gross anatomy and pathology workshops, clinical simulation scenarios, problem-based learning, and workshops in patient centered care models. FSMA students are taught by physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. They also experience mentoring in small groups led by college and graduate students focused on careers in medicine and the health professions.


The FSMA seeks applicants who are:

  • Motivated, responsible, high-achieving students.
  • 15 years or older by the start of the program.
  • Genuinely interested in learning about a career in healthcare.
  • Willing to participate fully in a unique learning experience.


We accept approximately 40 students for the summer program. A completed application submission to be considered should include all of the following items:

  • Student Application
  • School Transcript
  • Payment of $35 for application fee
  • Academic Recommendation

Tuition for the 2018 program is $2,100.00 and covers all expenses including lunch, transportation for field trips, course materials, and graduation. Students will be required to pay the first half of tuition within two-weeks of acceptance and confirmation of participation in the program. This first half of tuition is NON-REFUNDABLE to ensure that students stay committed to the program.

We regret that the FSMA does not offer lodging to students at this time.

For questions or more information about the FACES Summer Medical Academy, please contact our Project Coordinator, Angela Thai at 510-290-9846 or

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