This summer, a group of 35 Baltimore high school students in the MERIT Health Leadership Academy will shadow professionals in various departments across Johns Hopkins medical campuses. As rising juniors, MERIT scholars participate in clinical internships, giving them the opportunity to experience health care in the real world. MERIT scholars shadow up to 20 different health care providers in a variety of settings, including intensive care, pediatrics, outpatient clinics, surgery and more. These internships provide broad career exposure and hands-on experience for aspiring health professionals and deepen their understanding of what it means to be a health care leader.
By providing support and opportunities to students underrepresented in medicine, MERIT is changing the face of health care, one scholar at a time while increasing diversity among the next generation of health professionals in Baltimore. MERIT scholars take advanced academic classes and SAT prep on Saturdays, work in hospitals, labs, and community organizations during paid internships and receive long-term mentorship. MERIT scholars have benefited immensely from the tireless support of the Johns Hopkins community, who graciously serve as mentors, provide internship opportunities and volunteer as guest speakers and instructors.
Learn more about the exciting work of MERIT and its scholars.