Emergency Medicine at UC Berkeley

Gain hands-on skills in emergency medicine, learn about med school admissions, and hear first-hand about jobs in the field of healthcare.

Located on the campus of UC Berkeley

Program Highlights

Learn practical skills such as suturing, placing a splint, stopping a bleed, taking vital signs and performing CPR
Train in a simulation lab where healthcare students and faculty hone and refine their life-saving skills
Gain valuable insight into diverse educational and career opportunities in medicine and healthcare
Work in teams to research, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for simulated patients
students performing CPR on dummies

Residential Tuition :
$5,698 *

Extended Commuter Tuition:

Commuter Tuition:

*+$250 Medicine course supplement


Session 1:
June 18, 2023 June 30, 2023 Session Full

Session 2:
July 2, 2023 July 14, 2023 Session Full

Session 3:
July 16, 2023 July 28, 2023 Session Full


University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA


  • I learned amazing things that I didn’t think I would be exposed to before medical school! Summer Springboard helped me confirm my love of medicine!

    Megha J.

  • The classes were useful and helped shed light on different aspects of the medical field, and the various careers you can choose from within the field.

    Isabella D.

  • The Emergency Medicine track 100% confirmed that science is what I want to study in college and that I want to be on the pre-med track. I did in fact mention the program in my application more than once. I made sure to include it in my activities section as well as two essays for two different colleges.

    J. Disco

  • Honestly everything, the RAs, the trips, the teachers, the campus. It was all amazing to me. I was apart of the emergency medicine track, and I’ve found myself using different skills I’ve learned even in different subject. I’ve used suture knots in my art and bio classes. I’ve gotten to help other people make basic decisions if something hurts based off of what I learned. It was a really valuable experience. I also made a lot of amazing friends, and still talk to them this day.

    A. Jones

Course Overview

Our summer medical program for high school students gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.

Excursions at UC Berkeley – In past years students went to the Kanbar Center, which supports UCSF’s educational mission of teaching, learning, and assessment through simulation recreating routine and complex situations. Additionally students received a behind the scenes tour of 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.

Meet your instructor

The Emergency Medicine program at UC Berkeley is led by a group of physicians from UCSF Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Katrina "KJ" Stime is the Chief Emergency Medicine Resident at UCSF. She received her undergraduate from Harvard University in Human Development and Regenerative Biology and her MD from University of Washington. Her interests are in global health, medical education, and quality improvement.

Dr. Alia Church graduated from University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia. She is pursuing emergency medicine in residency at UCSF after becoming involved in wilderness medicine and MedWAR (a wilderness medicine race) in medical school.

Dr. Alex Tran received his undergraduate from Fresno State University and went to medical school at Saint Louis University. He is passionate about social medicine, LGBTQ+ healthcare, medical education, and public health.

Dr. Tajah Tubbs received her undergraduate from Stanford University and received her MD from University of California Los Angeles. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and is in emergency medicine residency at UCSF. She is interested in making health systems more efficient and improving how society addresses social determinants of health.

Dr. Elaine Hsiang (she/her), was born in Taiwan and raised in the Los Angeles area. She graduated from Brown University and received her MD from University of California San Francisco where she is now completing her emergency medicine residency. Her interests are in LGBTQIA+ health, racial and migrant justice, and mentorship.

Dr. Carolina Ornelas-Dorian grew up in the Bay Area and received her undergraduate from Stanford University and received her MD from University of California San Francisco where she is currently a resident in emergency medicine. She is passionate about advancing public health and health equity in the emergency department, as well as supporting the medical pipeline for underrepresented students in medicine.

Dr. Rasheed Alhadi received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and received his MD from University of California San Francisco where he is an emergency medicine resident. His interests include medical education, critical care and ultrasound.

Dr. Caroline Burke graduated cum laude from Harvard University in Social Sciences and received her MD from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an emergency medicine resident physician at University of California San Francisco.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Learn basic medical skills and get training on how to handle situations when medical care is not immediately available. Simulations will allow students to learn and practice hands-on medical techniques including positioning and extraction, wound care, control of bleeding, stitches and sutures, usage of splints and slings, and other useful potentially life-saving skills. In small groups, students in a simulated medical team will be required to research the patient’s history and symptoms, create a diagnosis based on their findings, and develop a treatment plan.

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Career Exploration

Throughout the program, meet a variety of experts in the field of healthcare that will provide advice and tips on academic preparation and professional pathways to explore. We will discuss the wide variety of professions within the medical field, such as physical therapy, physician's assistants, phlebotomy and more. Students will get a deeper sense of their unique motivations and aptitudes and how that aligns with potential academic and career choices. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices.

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