VCMC Summer Scholars Program

2020 Summer Scholars Program 

The Summer Scholar Program at Ventura County Medical Center is a unique summer internship designed to expose undergraduate college students to the many careers within the healthcare field by immersing them in a professional medical environment.  For nearly 50 years, this competitive program has introduced students to both clinical medicine and hospital-based research by working alongside VCMC medical faculty and the residents of the nationally recognized Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program. We look forward to selecting 5 undergraduate students to participate in this full-time, intensive 8-week opportunity (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm).  We pride ourselves on accepting participants who are responsible, mature, and committed.  We aim to promote each student’s interest in becoming a healthcare professional, one we hope will eventually return to serve our community.  To this end, priority is given to residents of Ventura County. 


Summer Scholars are placed with faculty preceptors who coordinate opportunities for the students to observe and participate in a variety of patient care settings.  Student Scholars attend teaching conferences at the Medical Center, make rounds with medical staff and observe patient interactions and procedures as appropriate. Program participants will experience emergency room visits, trauma resuscitations, live births, surgeries, autopsies and more.  In addition to shadowing both primary care and specialist physicians, Scholars spend time with physical therapists, dieticians, clinical lab specialists, substance abuse counselors and other health care professionals.  Each Student Scholar will also participate in a quality improvement or clinical research project and present their findings on the last day of the program. A few Summer Scholars have had their research published or been invited to present their research at UCLA's annual Family Medicine Research Forum.  

Many of our former Scholars cite this experience as a formative one in their pursuit of a career in health care. We have even welcomed graduates of the Scholars internship into our residency program here at VCMC!


We greatly appreciate the HealthCare Foundation for Ventura County and the VCMC Medical Staff for their financial support which enables us to offer each Scholar a stipend of $2000.00. 

Important Dates

  • The 2020 Summer Scholar Program begins Monday, June 22, 2020, and ends Friday, August 14, 2020.  
  • The application deadline for Summer 2020 is 5:00 pm, Friday, March 13, 2020.
  • Letters of reference due by: 5:00 pm, Monday, March 13, 2020
  • Phone interviews: March 16 - March 30 April 13, 2020
  • Decision letters emailed: Friday, April 3 April 17, 2020

3/20/20: Due to the corona virus pandemic, our phone interview and selection timeline has been delayed by two weeks, as noted above.

Questions? Call 805-652-6228.

We will not be able to have Summer Scholars for the 2020 summer due to the corona virus pandemic.