Join Our RYSE MED Program!
Will you be a rising junior or senior in high school this summer? We need bright, young minds like yours to help us improve our community’s health. We encourage you to apply to our RYSE MED program (Readying Youth Scientists for Excellence in Medicine, Health Equity and Discovery), which aims to support students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.
During this six-week summer program, you'll learn about the many careers you can pursue in healthcare, from doctors to researchers and so much more. We are excited to support you on your journey to making a positive impact on the healthcare field — and on people’s lives.
Learn more about RYSE MED from Dr. Martina Caldwell, Medical Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
RYSE MED At A Glance
During the RYSE MED program you will:
- Shadow physicians and learn medical skills with simulations, virtual reality clinical scenarios and workshops.
- Hone your academic, professional and leadership skills.
- Develop college success skills and receive career advice.
- Embark upon long-term mentor relationships with researchers and physicians, along with students in college (and beyond) studying medical and research careers.
- Participate in community-building activities to foster connections with your mentors and gain inspiration from the community you live in.
- Learn about a variety of health and research topics with an emphasis on health equity.
- Create a 10- to 15-minute group presentation on a health equity topic that impacts you, your family or community.
Take a look at highlights from last year’s program!
RYSE MED Program Dates
- Program welcome and orientation: Sunday, July 9
- Summer sessions: July 11 – August 17 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm
- Closing ceremony: Friday, August 18
This in-person program will be held at Henry Ford Hospital (2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit MI 48202) and One Ford Place in Detroit. Some activities will take place on Mondays, Fridays and weekends with sufficient notice.
After the summer program is concluded, you will continue to meet with other RYSE MED scholars and your mentors at least monthly during the 2023-2024 academic year. Some scholars will be invited to participate in research projects or ongoing clinical skill development throughout the year. Stipends may be available for high school students who participate, depending upon resources.
RYSE MED Application Requirements
To be considered for RYSE MED you must:
- Attend a metro Detroit high school and be a rising 11th or 12th grade student in good academic standing. Rising 10th graders will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in medicine OR face significant structural barriers to healthcare opportunities. (For example: you come from a family with limited financial resources, you will be the first generation to graduate from college, you are an immigrant or refugee, etc.).
- Commit to participating in all activities during the six-week summer intensive program. No absences are allowed outside of extenuating circumstances.
- Be eligible to work in the United States and obtain a student work permit if under the age of 18.
Applications are due on April 7, 2023 by 11:59 PM EST. We will notify applicants of our decision by April 22, 2023.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you again for your interest!
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“Henry Ford opened doors for me. It gave me a great opportunity to start my dream because I was always looking for these opportunities in healthcare. My favorite activity was CPR because I didn’t know anything about it. Now, when I see a case like that, I can participate and support others.”
-Dieynaba Sow, high school student
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“I want to become a labor and delivery nurse to change the maternal mortality rates of women of color, specifically African American.”
- Shayla Dysard, high school student
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“Helping these brilliant students foster their own relationship with the medical community and building their confidence to know that they are worthy of a seat at the table is such a beautiful experience.”
- Ariel Walker, medical student
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022"Shadowing a physician and seeing everything he does every day and still loving everything, it inspired to me to do trauma surgery because it looked fun to him so it might be fun for me too!”
- Zion Lewis, high school student
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“I think biggest impact of the program for me was the small session mentoring. They lifted the titles and professions of the physicians and allowed the entire group to connect as humans.”
- Mohammad Muntakim, undergraduate student mentor
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“I have really loved the opportunity to work with [these students] and hopefully give them a leg up from when I was pursuing medical school.”
- Micaela Rice, medical student mentor
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“I learned good communication skills, how to present to an audience, and I learned about people in our program and their experiences, and I think I will take that with me.”
- Lindsay Royston, high school student
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022"...I have learned more about teamwork, more about what it takes to become a doctor in these different fields, and the time the education takes.”
- Dionne Williams, high school student
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“When I first met these scholars, at first no one was really talking, everyone was really shy. But now everyone is talking, and everyone has something to say and contribute to their projects. It’s inspiring.”
- Christofer Smith, medical student mentor
From the RYSE MED Class of 2022“I am grateful for how much effort was put into the program and how many people took time out of their day to come talk to us.”
- Zavier Jackson, high school student
2022 Program Sponsors
- Michigan Community Access Network (MCAN)
- American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)
- Resolute Educational Solutions
- Oxford Medical Simulations
This program is funded by generous donations from corporate partners and individuals. If you would like to make a donation, click here.