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. 

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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.

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Please contact us at if you have any questions. Thank you again for your interest!

2022 Program Sponsors

  • Teleflex
  • 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


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