Emergency Medicine in San Diego

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

Medical program for teens on a university campus in San Diego

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 as you research, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan for simulated patients
students performing CPR on dummies

Residential Price: $4,998 (+ supplement fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)


Late July: July 25-August 6, 2021


University of San Diego
San Diego, 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.

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 may include the UCSD Simulation Center, which occupies over 2,500 square feet divided among 4 simulation rooms that includes a hospital ward room, emergency or intensive care unit room, operating room and procedural training room. Each simulation room can be monitored through one way glass and/or a series of independently controllable cameras that can be streamed to any of our debriefing rooms or recorded for subsequent viewing and analysis.

Meet your instructor


Dr. Craig J. Kutz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Craig Kutz

Dr. Craig Kutz is a physician-scientist, currently working as a senior resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC-San Diego Health. Dr. Kutz holds an MD and PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina with his graduate work focused in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. He also is a current Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and completing technical rescue training in austere/mountain medicine including a medical expedition to Mt. Everest Base Camp. He also currently works as an operational flight physician for a San Diego helicopter EMS. In his future, he plans on sub-specialty in Undersea/Hyperbaric medicine and Aerospace medicine. He has received multiple teaching recognitions including the distinguished resident physician bedside teaching award for medical students.

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 you 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, your medical team will be required to research the patient’s history and symptoms, create a diagnosis based on your findings, and develop a treatment plan.

students taking blood pressure

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. You'll get a deeper sense of your 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.

medical activity - stopping the bleed

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Summer Springboard pre-college Summer Program