Pathways of Opportunity
The process of eliminating health care disparities begins on many fronts, not the least of which is creating a robust pathway of opportunities for students to become tomorrow's health care leaders.
- US citizens or permanent residents
- In the 9th, 10th or 11th grade at the time of application submission
- Interest in medicine, biomedical research, or health equity
- A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Applicants from historically marginalized populations and/or underserved communities are encouraged to apply
- Exposure to the University of Michigan
- A study course with extensive SAT preparation
- Workshops in biomedical science, health equity, college preparedness, and academic wellbeing
- Mentoring from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff
- Exposure to leadership and professional development training
The goal of SPEA is to develop future leaders in health science, diversifying and transforming the medical field. The first step in planning for the future is making sure you are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
SPEA is an entry-level, academic enrichment program designed primarily for youth who have an interest in addressing health equity issues and come from populations underrepresented in medicine and medically under-served areas.
- Free or reduced-lunch eligible
- Will be the first person in their immediate family to complete college
- Is a person with a disability
- Currently lives in a single-parent household
- Has experienced foster care
The Youth Summit at the Big House is an excellent opportunity to introduce budding middle school students to the vast opportunities in health care. Not only will they have an opportunity to visit the Big House, but we are offering collegiate-level exposure to the career fields within health care that are often unseen in mainstream career planning — especially for youth who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine.