Emergency Medicine at UC San Diego

Learn from a Stanford educated emergency medicine physician, train at the UCSD Simulation Center, and tour Mercy Air, an air ambulance service.

Medical program for teens on a university campus in San Diego

Program Highlights

Learn a variety of practical skills such as taking vitals, placing a splint, basic first aid, suturing, stopping a bleed, performing CPR.
Immerse yourself in the hospital setting and medical simulation lab, where you'll be able to apply your knowledge in mock scenarios, and observe 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.
Apply your newfound knowledge by participating in a mock disaster scenario where you'll have to triage and care for simulated injured patients.

Residential Tuition :

Commuter Tuition:

*+$250 Medicine course supplement


Session 1:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

Session 2:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024

Session 3:
July 28, 2024 August 9, 2024


UC San Diego
San Diego, CA


  • 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

  • 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

If there is anything we’ve been reminded of these past few years, it’s how essential a role our emergency care doctors, nurses, first responders, and other healthcare professionals play in society, and how necessary they are. The average emergency room nurse makes between $77,000 and $107,000, with top earners making $124,500 annually. Whether your goal is to become an EMT or paramedic, an emergency room doctor, an ICU nurse, or any other profession that utilizes emergency care skills, Summer Springboard course in Emergency Medicine on the campus of UCSD will immerse you in a variety of foundational skills and knowledge. Our course will prepare you for a future career in emergency care, and expose you to the healthcare field overall and the various paths you can pursue.

Students will learn a variety of skills and techniques, ranging from basic first aid to triaging emergency situations and wounds, through a variety of hands-on activities and practical simulations. Skills and techniques explored include positioning and extraction, wound care, bleeding control, stitches and sutures, usage of splints and slings, and other life-saving skills.

Students will have the opportunity to research a simulated patients history and symptoms, create a diagnosis based on their findings, and develop a treatment plan. Ultimately, students will be able to apply the knowledge they’ve learned from the course through a simulated mass-disaster scenario. This simulation will teach students how to respond to a patient just like a medical professional, assessing information and applying their medical knowledge in high pressure environments.

Meet your instructor

Dr. Benjamin Supat, UC San Diego

Emergency Medicine UC San Diego

Dr. Benjamin Supat is a Stanford educated emergency medicine physician, currently working as a senior resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC San Diego.

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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.

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. 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.

medical activity - stopping the bleed

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program