Summer Experience for College Students
UPDATE: Due to the Covid pandemic, we deeply regret that we will not be able to offer the Summer Scholars Program in 2022. We hope to resume the program next summer; please check back in early 2023 for more details. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.
ABOUT THE 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 many careers within the healthcare field by immersing them in a professional medical environment. For nearly 50 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 (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm). 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. Program participants will experience 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!
Reflections from Summer Scholar Alumni
Jeremiah R. Dallmer
Loyola Marymount University, Class of 2016
Spending the summer at Ventura County Medical Center as a Summer Scholar has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I have always wanted to be a doctor, but I never knew just how much until this summer. Through the program, I have had the opportunity to shadow many types of physicians and see all sorts of clinics, from Cardiology and Nephrology to Diabetes and HIV clinics. I had the chance to see dozens of different types of surgeries, from bariatric and OB procedures to trauma and oncology cases. Having the opportunity to do a clinical research project is also a tremendous learning experience. The thing that I am most thankful for, however, is without a doubt the incredible group of people at VCMC. The attendings are so welcoming and are amazing teachers. The residents are some of the nicest people I have ever met, and are so excited and enthusiastic to show us what medicine is like. I could not be more thankful for all the experiences and opportunities I was given through the Summer Scholars program. I also now am absolutely certain about the path that I have chosen to pursue, and that is a huge gift.
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