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Spokane Valley Tech Pre-Med Summer Institute Pathway Program

This pathway program is focused on serving high school students who have an interest in medicine. The program utilizes online programming that is taught by an in-person teacher to help facilitate hands-on learning and experience related to medicine. The program ranges from one week to three weeks depending on site.

The Students of Medicine curriculum was created by Dr. Andres Jimenez (MD) and originated in the South Bronx, NY. Resources and guidance is provided to students who dream of becoming doctors and to teach medical basics. The program was developed to support disadvantaged students who dream of becoming doctors.

Spokane Valley Tech Pre-Med Summer Institute

The inaugural program for WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Students into Medicine began in the summer of 2018 at Spokane Valley Tech (SVT) in Spokane Valley, WA. Students who attend SVT receive exposure to a variety of career areas including health sciences. Rising high school juniors and seniors from SVT apply for selection into the program.

The Institute has developed beyond its inaugural year and now features program extensions, expanded online curriculum with social research and social determinants of health focused material, and a new designation as a high school for-credit course.

The second Students of Medicine Pre-Med Summer Institute was held at Spokane Valley Tech and Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane campus from Monday, June 17, to Tuesday, July 2, 2019. During  the 2019 Institute, we served 15 students from Spokane county who all received .5 (1 semester) of a health credit for successful completion of the Institute.

Students engaged health science hands on activities, lessons, service learning, and community building. In addition, students visited the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus where they received a campus tour, engaged in the anatomy lab, had a lesson on the intersection of art and medicine, participated in community building, and toured the virtual campus clinic. The Institute culminated with a research presentation open to the Spokane community and focused on actions to reduce inequities of the social determinants of health.



The Students of Medicine Pre-Med Summer Institute at Spokane Valley Tech had the following learning outcomes:

    1. Gain working knowledge of social determinants of health, health issues in their community, and organ systems of the human body.
    2. Select and research a health science topic of interest and presented their research to peers, family members, community, instructors, and administration.
    3. Increase skills and knowledge in resume building, what steps are needed to pursue the health sciences, and engaged in community building exercises focused on leadership, communication, social responsibility, intellectual excellence, teamwork, and collaboration.

We will continue the collaboration with Spokane Valley Tech and leverage partnerships with local high schools across the Spokane region to increase the number of students participating in the Institute.

The 2020 Institute will be held at Spokane Valley Tech from June 15, 2020 – July 2, 2020.


Participation: Students must be enrolled at SVT for the summer session to be considered.