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  • What is the University Hospitals Health Scholars Program?
    The Health Scholars Internship Program is supported by UH through its Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI). The program helps minoritized students understand health and healthcare and allows them to engage in different healthcare fields. It is a continuous six-year program to build on the student's existing talents, skills, and gifts and prepare them for healthcare careers beyond high school. Health Scholars are nurtured with the thoughtful support of UH clinicians and partners. Students receive guidance in applying to college and support in developing a career plan and staying on that plan. Our ultimate goal is that they become healthcare professionals in the Cleveland area, where they grew up!
  • What is CEDI?
    CEDI is an acronym for the Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at University Hospitals. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center’s Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) is responsible for supporting, promoting, and implementing programs that maintain an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment that provides culturally relevant patient care. CEDI implements and coordinates programming, consistent with the UH mission and vision: “To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.” As it continues in “Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion.” CEDI is the legacy of Dr. Edgar B. Jackson, Jr. who spent his entire career championing culturally relevant healthcare, community engagement, and addressing health disparities. UH’s focus on addressing the social determinants of health for the most vulnerable populations has begun to demonstrate a positive impact on their healthcare outcomes. Our focus on inclusion and diversity intentionally seeks to reduce healthcare disparities and inequities – a core commitment of University Hospitals. We believe this investment will result in better care for all of our patients.
  • What are your policies on COVID-19?
    As we will be hosting an in-person program this year, ALL students interested in participating will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This year, we will integrate shadowing rotations and more hands-on activities for our students! To ensure the safety of our community, our Health Scholars, our Healthcare Providers, & our Patients, we must follow ALL University Hospital policies surrounding in-person programming. Students with exemptions can complete an exemption form upon submitting their application. Please Visit Our COVID-19 INFO PAGE for More Info!
  • What are yearly/annual touchpoints?
    In addition to our four-week summer program, we also offer programming throughout the year to maintain good connections with our students and offer opportunities that allow them to work on specific areas of interest. Some of our programs include ACT/SAT Prep, Finance Courses, College Tours, Bonding Activities, and much more! Beginning in 2024, current Health Scholars will be asked to complete four touchpoints throughout the year to maintain their status as a Health Scholar. Please checkout our Events page to signup for our activities!
  • What are program tracks/years?
    We offer a different program curriculum based on your grade level and/or your year within the program. With each track, our scholars gain unique opportunities that help prepare them to pursue their ideal careers while having fun! Learn more about our Pathway Program Here!
  • When & Where Does the Summer Program Take Place?
    Typically, the summer program takes place over four weeks. The program usually begins in Mid-June and ends in Mid-July. This year, we aim to host our Summer Program from June 17 - July 12, Monday through Friday (9:00 am - 3:00 pm). Keep in mind these dates/times are tentatively scheduled and may change as needed. Students admitted to the program will have finalized dates by April 15, 2024, when acceptance & non-acceptance letters are sent out! Over the past two years, we've hosted fully remote & hybrid programs due to COVID-19 precautions. This year (Summer of 2024), we are happy to announce an entirely in-person program for the first time since COVID-19! Students & Mentors will be expected to come to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for the duration of our summer program (Tentatively scheduled: June 17 - July 12). Note: ALL participants (students & mentors MUST be fully vaccinated to be considered for this year's program).
  • I have questions that aren't present in the FAQ. How do I get answers?
    Please feel free to visit our Contact Us page and utilize the information there to contact one of our team members who'll happily assist you! You may also find it convenient to contact our Program Coordinators, Ms. Saja Abid ( or Ms. Brittany Stone (!
  • How do I become a Health Scholar?
    Any student interested in applying to the Health Scholars Program should begin by completing our application. Upon successful submission our you application & recommendations, applicants will receive an invitation to complete an interview with your Admissions Committee. Students will then receive a formal status update (e.g., Accepted, Waitlisted, Rejected). Upon receiving this communication, applicants will be given the opportunity to accept/reject our offer. After, students delegated to our waitlist will receive a final status update, either an acceptance or rejection. Student's will be accepted on a rolling basis. In other words, as applications are turned in and applicants are interviewed, acceptance will be forwarded until we can no longer accept students. Applications will be made available on November 15, 2023, at 12:00 AM. Applications will be due by February 16, 2023, by 11:59 PM with all required documentation. Applicants will be made aware of their status no later than April 15, 2023, by 11:59 PM.
  • When does the application cycle begin?
    Application Cycle: November 15 - February 16 Prospective candidates should anticipate receiving their acceptance or non-acceptance letter around April 15.
  • When are applications due?
    Applications are due February 16, 2023 with all necessary materials.
  • I've Submitted My Application...Now What?
    Applications (students & mentors) should be turned in no later than February 16, 2024, by 11:59 PM. We will send out a confirmation email letting you know we have received your application. Following a thorough review by our admissions committee, we will forward an invite to complete an interview with our Admissions Committee. Following a final review, applicant status's (acceptance/wait-listed/rejected) will be forwarded no later than April 15, 2024. Applicants that have been accepted to the program as either a student or a mentor will also receive an invite to our program orientation & any necessary details pertaining to this year's program (e.g., Important Dates, Training/Orientations, Paperwork, etc.) Note: If you have NOT received a notice (acceptance/non-acceptance by April 15, 2024, please contact our program coordinators, Ms. Brittany Stone ( & Mrs. Saja Abid ( Note: If you were accepted to the program but did NOT receive any documentation regarding the program (e.g., Important Dates, Training/Orientations, Paperwork, etc.), please reach out to our program coordinators, Ms. Brittany Stone ( & Mrs. Saja Abid (
  • I Have Been Asked to Complete A Recommendation. How Do I Complete One?
    Individuals who need to complete a recommendation/reference can do so HERE!
  • How Do I Apply To Become A Mentor?
    Applicants interested in applying should complete an application HERE! Applications will be made available on October 01, 2023, at 12:00 AM. Applications will be due by February 16, by 11:59 PM with all required documentation. Applicants will be made aware of their status no later than April 15, 2023.
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