High School Students

UCSF Fresno Mini-Med School
Mini-Med School is a virtual public lecture series that provides an opportunity to learn about local trends in medicine and health sciences from UCSF Fresno faculty. Mini-Med School is open to high school and college students, as well as community members.

UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy Programs
The Doctors Academy programs operates as a partnership with contracting school districts and student eligibility requirements may vary based on district. Students from culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse communities, as well as those who would become first in their family to attend college, are highly encouraged to apply. Fresno Unified and Caruthers Unified School Districts currently offers a Junior Doctors Academy program at select schools. 
Must meet eligibility requirements to apply.

UCSF Fresno Summer Biomedical Internship
The Summer Biomedical Internship Program was established in 1988 to provide a quality biomedical research experience for high school students—the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley. The program matches high school students, in the summer between their junior and senior year of high school, with faculty members who have or are developing a research project. In the last twenty-seven years, over two hundred students have participated in the SBI program and many of them are finishing their medical residencies, are working in the biomedicine or biotechnical industries, or are in medical school or doctorate programs at various universities. Must meet eligibility requirements to apply.

SJV PRIME+ BS to MD Pathway
As a San Joaquin Valley based high school student, you now have the opportunity to start your pursuit of an MD degree at the University of California, Merced. The San Joaquin Valley (SJV) PRIME+ BS/MD is an educational pathway partnership between UC Merced, UCSF Fresno, and UCSF. This critical new pathway will educate and support the San Joaquin Valley's future physicians in serving the needs of our communities. This exciting new program will begin accepting applications in 2022, focusing on high school students who are committed to pursuing a career in medicine and dedicated to serving the unique needs of the San Joaquin Valley. Must meet eligibility requirements to apply.​

Fresno County Health Youth Corps
The Health Youth Corps began in 2019 as a partnership between UCSF Fresno, the Fresno County Department of Public Health, and the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS).  Engaging historically marginalized youth and empowering them to be champions of health within their own communities and to serve as ambassadors for health amongst their peers can have lasting positive health outcomes.  Not only does this allow them to become better informed about the social determinants that impact their own health and wellness, but it also provides these youth with positive life experiences and opportunities to assist them in reaching their full potential.  Through collaborations with school systems and public health departments, physicians can increase their ability to effectively impact child health on a larger scale within their own community through efforts such as this.  During this two semester program, teams of high school students representing multiple high schools throughout our county have joined forces to define health, explore mental health issues and coping strategies, build resilience, develop health advocacy skills, and create, implement, and present their own community health action research projects during an annual showcase to local county leaders on topics of concern to youth.  Once they have completed this two semester program, they can then serve as mentors to the next group of students. 
Contact: Alma McKenry ([email protected])