Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) Curriculum

What you learn

Summer Mentorship Program lab activitySummer Mentorship Program lab activity

If you participate in the program, you’ll gain some of the skills that you need to further your academic and professional careers. You'll get hands-on opportunities in a variety of health science professions including dentistry, kinesiology and physical education, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work. In the Faculty of Medicine you'll be introduced to great programs such as the MD program, medical radiation sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, the physician's assistants, the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering  and many other inter-professional programs. 

You'll be connected with a student-mentor who is studying in a health science field of interest to you. You'll meet with the mentor at the beginning of the program and several times throughout the program, and you'll be encouraged to maintain this relationship once the program is completed. You'll also have the opportunity to job-shadow with a working professionals to give you another layer of mentorship.

You’ll need to complete various exercises and assignments with your teacher during the four-week program. We want to provide you with the skills that you need to be a successful student and professional. The health sciences are a broad field with a vast range of career opportunities, and we are here to help you find a career that is right for you, capitalize on your skills, and apply them to your career in the health professions.

What you earn

Students who attend a provincially funded Ontario school can earn a credit in Navigating the Workplace (GLN4O). That’s an open credit that will be applied to your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  You must be 16 years of age by June 30 to be eligible. You must have completed a Grade 10 or 11 science, social science or humanities course.  We will give preference to grade 11 students who are returning to school for at least one semester. 

In a single month I was able to discover more about myself than what I thought I already knew. I discovered that I excel when I am forced out of my comfort zone and that I have a word called 'choices'. The SMP showed me a lot of opportunity and gave me opportunity. Afterwards I began to see a clearer sketch of what I want for my future. I know that I belong somewhere in the health care field, whether as a nurse, a doctor, or a chiropractor. I took a chance on this program, and it surpassed all expectations. The people I met, and the connections that were made are definitely things I could never forget.

Jessica Lee, SMP Alumni 2013
Field/Specialty: Kinesiology student