VCMC Summer Scholars

2016 Summer Scholars Program --  Now Accepting Applications!

The Summer Scholar Program at Ventura County Medical Center, sponsored by the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, is a unique summer internship designed to expose undergraduate students to the field of healthcare by immersing them in a professional medical environment.  For more than 40 years, this competitive program has introduced students to both clinical medicine and research by working alongside VCMC medical faculty and residents of the nationally recognized Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program. We look forward to selecting 5 undergraduate students to participate in this full-time, intensive 8-week opportunity.  We pride ourselves on accepting participants who are responsible, mature, and committed.  We aim to promote each student’s interest in becoming a healthcare professional, one we hope will eventually return to serve our community.  To this end, priority is given to residents of Ventura County. 


Summer Scholars are placed with faculty preceptors who coordinate opportunities for the students to observe and participate in a variety of patient care settings.  Student Scholars attend teaching conferences at the Medical Center, make rounds with medical staff and observe patient interactions and procedures as appropriate.  In addition to watching both primary care and specialist physicians, Scholars shadow physical therapists, dieticians and substance abuse counselors.  The also observe emergency room visits, trauma resuscitations, live births, surgeries and autopsies.  Each Student Scholar participates in a clinical research project and presents their findings on the last day of the program. A few Summer Scholars have gone on to present their research at the annual UCLA Family Medicine Research Forum.

Many of our former Scholars cite this experience as a formative one in their pursuit of a career in health care. We have even welcomed graduates of the Scholars internship into our residency program here at VCMC!

Important Dates

  • The 2016 Summer Scholar Program begins Monday, June 20, 2016, and ends Friday, August 12, 2016.  
  • Application Deadline:  Friday, April 1, 2016.
  • Letters of reference due by:  Wednesday, April 6, 2016
  • Phone interviews:  Monday, April 4, through Wednesday, April 13, 2016
  • Decision letters mailed:  Monday, April 18, 2016


Ready to apply?  Click here!

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