VCMC Summer Scholars Program

2018 Summer Scholars Program 

The Summer Scholar Program at Ventura County Medical Center is a unique summer internship designed to expose undergraduate college 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 hospital-based research by working alongside VCMC medical faculty and the 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.  These experiences will include emergency room visits, trauma resuscitations, live births, surgeries, autopsies and more.  In addition to shadowing both primary care and specialist physicians, Scholars spend time with physical therapists, dieticians, clinical lab specialists, substance abuse counselors and other health care professionals.  Each Student Scholar will also participate in a quality improvement or clinical research project and present their findings on the last day of the program. A few Summer Scholars have had their research published or been invited to present their research at UCLA's annual 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!


UPDATE: We are pleased to offer, with the support of the Health Care Foundation of Ventura County, a stipend of $2000 per Scholar.

Important Dates

  • The 2018 Summer Scholar Program begins Monday, June 18, 2018, and ends Friday, August 10, 2018.  
  • Application Deadline:  The application filing period for 2018 has closed.  Please check back in Winter 2019 for information on next year's program.
  • Letters of reference due by:  Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Phone interviews:  Monday, April 2, through Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Decision letters emailed:  Friday, April 20, 2018


Ready to apply?  Click here!

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