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High school students explore careers in medicine at Memorial Hospital’s unique summer camp

Summer camp. At Memorial Hospital. Sound interesting?
High school students have the opportunity explore medicine and possible career paths in healthcare during the one-of-a-kind Mini Medical University at Memorial Hospital.
Openings are still available this summer.
“You meet real doctors and hospital employees who continue to not only serve the community but offer up their time to educate the next generation of doctors,” says Evan Wieneke, a senior at Saint Joseph High School. “You get amazing and unique experiences inside of the hospital and meet other people your age who have the same interests as you. Mini Med was by far the best experience I’ve had in trying to gain knowledge about the medical field. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and wish I could do it again and again.”
Wieneke plans to major in biology at IU Bloomington and is considering becoming Emergency Department doctor. He attended Mini Med last year with Aimee Hochstetler, a junior at Constantine High School. While she is still exploring her options, Hochstetler is interested in radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, surgical studies and palliative care – all thanks to Mini Med.
“Prospective Mini Med participants should know that this program is a great way to gain a lot of information and appreciation about careers in medicine,” Hochstetler says. “My favorite part was touring the hospital and shadowing in radiology. I also really liked hearing from the medical workers that took time from their day to present career information to us. Presentations in palliative care and music therapy stood out the most, and the amount of hands-on activities was awesome, too.”
Apply today for summer 2023

Admitted students become immersed in various healthcare professions, experiencing the vibrancy of the hospital through presentations and activities alongside some of Beacon’s best and brightest. In past years, the program has included lectures from clinicians in specialty areas, labs and exposure to clinical units and services within Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Mini-Medical University for Teens (MMU) is a full-day, week-long experience offered for three sessions in June and July. The programming is geared toward high school students ages 15 to 18 who will be rising juniors and seniors in summer 2023.

  • Session 101A: Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9
  • Session 101B: Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23
  • Session 101C: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14

The total cost is $400 per student. Through the generosity of the Beacon Health Foundation, we are ve

ry excited to be offering up to (4) scholarships per session to cover the $400 program fee. The scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants based on demonstrated financial need. Refer to Part IV of the application and complete all fields to be considered for the scholarship.

Students who successfully complete MMU become eligible to interview for a volunteer position at the hospital. Due to privacy laws and other requirements, only high school students ages 15 to 17 who successfully complete MMU are eligible to volunteer while in high school.

Use this link for more information or to apply: