Summer Mentorship Program

Dr. Ho Ping Kong giving a lecture at Toronto Western Hospital


The Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences at the University of Toronto over four weeks in July. The SMP has a history in the Faculty of Medicine that dates back more than 25 years.

Participating in the SMP allows you to:

  • get hands-on experience through lab work, lectures and special projects
  • discover university education and professional careers in the health sciences
  • enjoy valuable mentoring experiences from a variety of professionals
  • earn a credit towards your high school diploma - GLN40 - Navigating the Workplace (note: you need to have completed a Grade 10 or 11 science, social science or humanities course)
  • gain a greater understanding of whether a career in health science is right for you

Applying to the SMP

Apply now if you would like to be considered for the SMP 2021. The SMP has had more than 1000 students complete the program over the last 27 years - and many of those students have since entered professional faculties and health care professions. The SMP continues to create learning environments that are safe and equitable for Black and Indigenous students.  In an effort to further address the underrepresentation of Black men & Indigenous peoples in the health sciences, we highly encourage these two groups to apply to the program. 

There are additional resources for Indigenous students, and you will have the opportunity to self-identify on the application if you are an Indigenous student. Please e-mail the Office of Indigenous Medical Education if you would like more information about the supports that exist in the Faculty of Medicine for Indigenous students.

What happens after SMP?

After you have completed the SMP, we continue to work with you to help you discover what's next on your path to success. 

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