Whether your vision of your future self includes a white coat and a stethoscope or scrubs and a heart monitor, the best way to launch a career in medicine and healthcare is to gain practical, hands-on experience. Now is the perfect time to gain real world insight and learn from professionals in the field about what drives them. In doing so,  you can make better informed decisions regarding your academic and career path as you enter the world of medicine and healthcare.

We are honored to have Dr. Andrea Tenner and Dr. Carol Chen from the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, as the curriculum advisors for Summer Springboard’s Medicine & Healthcare academic program.

Summer Springboard courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students. Both Drs. Tenner and Chen have developed and implemented educational curricula for teaching emergency care around the world.

Dr. Andrea Tenner serves as faculty at the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Francisco where she is also the Director of the Global Health Fellowship. She has developed and implemented educational curriculum for teaching emergency care in various countries globally.

  • BA: Rice University
  • MD: Baylor College of Medicine
  • MPH: Columbia University Mailman School
  • Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship: Columbia University/New York Presbyterian, International Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Medicine Teaching Fellow

Dr. Carol Chen serves as faculty at the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Francisco where she specializes in pediatric emergency medicine as well as global health. She chairs the department’s continuing medical education course entitled “Building a Career in Global Health and Emergency Medicine”.

  • AB: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MD: Duke University School of Medicine
  • MPH: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Training: University of California, Los Angeles Pediatrics Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellowships

Last year students visited the UCSF Kanbar Center, which supports UCSF’s educational mission of teaching, learning, and assessment through simulation recreating routine and complex situations.

Students also enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a community hospital and Level 1 trauma center dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the community.

While the Summer Springboard program only lasts two weeks, this special experience and exposure to the medical field will make a long-lasting impact. Read below and see what students had to say after attending Summer Springboard last summer.

“My instructors are both very knowledgeable and kind-hearted people, having so much experience in the medical field. They introduced us to the world of medicine and also brought us with them to hospitals to experience their life.” – Bella L.

“I really enjoyed the medicine and healthcare course especially when I got to work hands on like suturing and the simulation labs. I also really appreciated being taught by real doctors from the ED and who have traveled to foreign countries for humanitarian aid; it was very inspiring.” – Elodie K.

“My instructors were amazing and had really interesting stories and experiences that they shared with us. They showed me what it was like to work in global healthcare and how rewarding and worthwhile it is.” – Lam N.

“They were kind and I felt that I really learned a lot from this course. They explained and responded to questions well and provided help when necessary. Everyday I learned something new and I enjoyed the content they taught very much! The simulations were fun and interesting and I feel that I was exposed to the healthcare field in a good way.” – Megha J.

Spaces are limited in the medicine and healthcare program. We encourage you to apply now!