The Next Generation of Leaders

Summer 2018 High School Outreach Program

In collaboration with the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy, S-SPIRE Center and the Stanford Department of Surgery present the SMASH Medical Curriculum!

This 5-week summer outreach program for high school students now includes a weekly full-day interactive module focused on careers in healthcare.

Our secret wish? To inspire diverse science-minded high school students to consider a future in the medical and health fields.

The Curriculum

SMASH Academy is a free-of-cost, STEM-intensive college preparation program for underrepresented and low-income high school students. Students admitted to this program will spend 5 weeks at Stanford University, where they will engage in STEM coursework, participate in networking activities, and prepare for the college application process. Students spend 3 consecutive summers in this program to gain support throughout high school and connect with long-lasting mentors.

The SMASH Medical Curriculum is comprised of five sessions designed to be interactive and expose the students to a range of healthcare careers. Led by social science researcher Serena Bidwell, our instructors are medical students, residents, faculty, and staff from the Stanford Department of Surgery.

From the Students

The SMASH Impact: What difference does one program make?

Interest survey student responses

An interest survey was conducted to understand what the students hoped to learn and how the program could best fit their needs. Here are some of the responses:

“It’d be pretty cool to shadow physicians and have them instruct the workshops”

“I wasn’t really into medicine, but now I want to learn a lot more about the medical field”

“Make it interactive!”