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School of Medicine

The following programs are designed with faculty from UC San Diego School of Medicine and are designed for high school students who wish to go into fields of medicine. 

The Application for the Sports Medicine Summer Academy 2020 is now open.  

The Application for the ROSA Summer 2020 program is now closed. 

Sports Medicine Summer Academy

The UC San Diego Sports Medicine Summer Academy is an interactive, intensive summer course designed for incoming 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in musculoskeletal medicine. The goal of the Sports Medicine Summer Academy is to familiarize students with the focus, concepts, content and activities of the area of clinical medicine called Sports Medicine. Students will actively participate in lectures from nationally acclaimed faculty, explore current research in sports medicine, and experience first hand different skills such as sideline evaluation, splinting and joint injections. Students will also participate in field trips to experience different aspects of game coverage, sideline evaluation and injury treatment.

Tentative dates: July 6 - August 29, 2020

Topics will include:

  • Basic anatomy, pathology, clinical presentations and treatment of common sports injuries
  • Epidemiology and costs of sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Prevention of sports and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Current trends in concussion treatment and research
  • Career opportunities in Sports Medicine

Learning methods will include:

  • Lectures and discussion
  • Physical examination instruction
  • Problem and case-based group learning exercises and self-study
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Field trips
  • Student research projects

Learning objectives:

  • Students will expand their knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology
  • Students will gain an understanding of common sports injuries and their treatment
  • Students will have an understanding of the variety of careers in sports medicine
  • Students will complete a research project in the field of sports medicine

 Outline of the program: 

Week Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
1. Introduction and Knee
2. Foot and Ankle
3. Hip and Thigh
4. Lumbar Spine and Pelvis
5. Shoulder
6. Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
7. Concussion
8. Final Presentations

  • Blue: Beginning/end dates with intro/closing
  • Green: PBL/research days and field trips
  • Red: Lecture and experiential learning day
  • Mondays/Wednesdays: 5pm-7pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm

Participating faculty:

  • UCSD Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians and Orthopedic surgeons
  • Physical therapist
  • Athletic trainers
  • UCSD Family Medicine residents and Sports Medicine fellows

Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy

The Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at UC San Diego (ROSA) is a hands-on educational program that inspires incoming 11th and 12th grade girls to become the next generation of scientists and physicians. The curriculum is focused on oncofertility – an exciting new field in medicine that addresses the fertility needs and quality of life issues for young cancer patients. Graduates emerge from the summer program with a greater understanding of science and research related to oncofertility and many have gone on to successful careers in science, math, engineering and technology.

This competitive program accepts 12/14 high school girls from all areas of San Diego County. Sessions are held on a series of Saturdays during the summer and include topics such as, reproductive physiology, cancer biology, in vitro fertilization and reproductive bioethics. During the sessions, students don personalized lab coats to learn research techniques from top UC San Diego faculty, and engage in lively discussions with their peers regarding issues surrounding reproductive function in women with cancer. Instruction is also led by Dr. Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, an outstanding and nationally-recognized high school biology/biotech teacher. At the end of the summer, students give poster and oral presentations during a graduation ceremony and the top presenters are invited to a national conference in Chicago.

For program requirements and application, please go to:

Other Program Information

School of Medicine Acceptance

Sports Medicine Summer Academy 

  • Students will be notified of acceptance in April 2020. 

Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy 

  • Students will be notified of acceptance in April 2020. More information can be found at 


School of Medicine Cancellation/Refund Policies

Tuition will be paid at the time of acceptance. 

Cancellation or withdrawl for any reason prior to May 1, 2020 will result in a 100% refund. 

Cancellation or withdrawl for any reason May 2, 2020 - May 31, 2020 will result in a 50% refund.

Refunds after June 1, 2020 will only be issued for serious illness (doctors note is required) or extenuating circumstances. No refunds are provided if students are dismissed from the program.