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

We are now accepting applications for the SMP 2020.  Apply now if you would like to be considered for the SMP 2020.  Please e-mail La Toya Dennie if you have any questions about the application process or the SMP curriculum.

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. Once you complete the SMP, you also have the benefit of being a part of the SMP Alumni Society.

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