Why should you experience B.E.S.T.™?
You will be taught how to maximize your memory and be able to retain enormous amount of information with necessary skills.
You will practice academic study skills, effective thinking skills and Emotional IQ.
Connect and make friends for life with other young people from across the world who are also pursuing a career in medicine.
Increase your chances of being successfully accepted and in research, medical school, dental school, physical therapy school, physician assistant school, nursing school, pharmacy school and other medical professional programs
Get accurate information and guidance on a variety of medical/healthcare careers that will assist you in deciding if a career in medicine/healthcare is meant for you.
Experience the anatomy of the human body
Observe how to scrub for surgery
Practice hands hygiene in a clinical setting
Engage in the screening of vital signs
Practice suturing skills used to suture wounds
Workshops in partnership with Medical Students at the University of South Florida include:
Anatomy of the Human Body
How to Scrub for Surgery
Hands Hygiene in a Clinical Setting
Heart Sounds, Oximetry and Heart Rate
How to Tie Surgical Knots and Suture Wounds
The B.E.S.T. Summer Medical Academy’s goal is to provide hands-on experience for students in real-life situations and help them better understand the functions of hospital departments. Activities include hospital rotations, workshops on health careers and health issues, guest speakers and many other medically-related activities.
B.E.S.T.™ SUMMER MEDICAL ACADEMY
Brain Expansions Scholastic Training (B.E.S.T.) focuses on engaging middle school and high school students and getting them excited about a variety of health care careers. It affords them the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a variety of medical related fields(non-research related) such as learning simple medical procedures, watching surgeries, shadowing health professionals, volunteering in hospitals, interacting with patients, and more. The program's primary goal is to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to focus on careers in the medical professions and provide them a curriculum that allows them to fulfill their dreams. If you are in high school and have an interest in being a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, physician assistant or another medical professional this program is worth applying to. This program selects students who aspire to become health professionals and who are members of groups underrepresented in STEM disciplines or who live in an under-served area.
You have 4 programs to choose from based on your grade. Pick the one one that best coincides with grade level:
B.E.S.T.™ MEMORY EDUCATION
B.E.S.T. believes that memorization skills are the stepping-stone to thinking. There are techniques that can improve your memory and scientists are discovering new information on how the brain stores and recalls information. Without remembering facts, one cannot think, conceptualize, reason, make decisions, create or contribute.
B.E.S.T.™ SOCIAL DETERMINANTS
The B.E.S.T. - SD Program is a complimentary expanded program with an innovative curriculum that is a year-round program that prepares young thought leaders in the area of social determinants of health.
DUNBAR DOC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INITIATIVE
The goal of this partnership is to create and offer a pathway program for Dunbar students, primarily students of color, to continue their journey in studying within the Medical Field beginning at the elementary level through high school and beyond. B.E.S.T. will commit time, resources, guidance and medical personnel to support Dunbar’s growing Medical Magnet Program. Dunbar will seek support from B.E.S.T. to elevate current practices within our medical magnet program, house program, and school-wide theme integration.
SELECTION CRITERIA GUIDELINES
To be eligible to be selected in the 2020 Summer Medical Academy applicant must fulfill the following below:
You must have at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA and working toward a college entry high school diploma to be eligible
You must fulfill the academic selection criteria - we follow the State of Florida requirements for high school grade matriculation
You must be able to provide your current and previous grades in the form of report cards
You must show a genuine committed interest in the medical field
You must be willing to be interviewed if your application has been chosen
You must provide two letters of recommendation
Submit non-refundable application fee of $25.00