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Stanford Summer Health Careers Opportunity Program (SSHCOP)


Application cycle for 2014 HCOP is December 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014.

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Center of Excellence
in Diversity in Medical Education

1265 Welch Road, MSOB 3rd Floor

Stanford, CA 94305

Call 650-736-1685

"How can words ever do justice to six
weeks that had dramatically changed
one's life? HCOP was just that to the
forty-five students that took part in
this amazing experience."

- Jen Pham, HCOP 2004

Culture. Service. Scholarship.

Stanford Summer HCOP is six-week academically intensive residential program that provides a living and learning community for talented college sophomores and juniors who plan to pursue a career in medicine. Participants must demonstrate that they have experienced educational or academic barriers to pursuing their education, and plan to serve in the Bay Area as Physicians.

Selectees will be awarded a scholarship that covers all program expenses including housing, meals, participation fees and materials.

Participants will be immersed in topic areas including:

Additional activities promote:


Stanford Summer HCOP was designed to provide challenging and supporting premedical student achievement by balancing a rigorous curriculum with academic, social and developmental support. Summer HCOP students are expected to approach this experience with a commitment toward scholarship and exploration. Participants will realize the greatest benefit by fully immersing themselves in scheduled academic and social activities during the program. Students who are selected must commit to the full six-week program, will be required to live on campus, and must not be involved in other summer activities (MCAT preparation, full-time/part-time employment, research). Participants must comply with all campus policies regarding conduct, academic honesty, and lawful behavior. Summer HCOP participants are expected to take advantage of premedical student programs, events and activities provided throughout the academic year. Upon completion of the program, participants are considered HCOP Scholars and are required to maintain contact with the HCOP program beyond the summer for the best use of continued academic and professional development as aspiring health professionals. HCOP is a full-time, immersive program. Students who need to miss the program for any reason will be disqualified. Special circumstances should be discussed prior to beginning the program.

How to Apply

The Summer 2014 application cycle will open at 11:59pm on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

TO APPLY TO THE SUMMER PROGRAM, please follow all application directions closely and get an early start on collecting your supporting documents. Please review the selection criteria before submitting your application. All applications must be submited online. We may request supplemental, physical documents.

A completed application contains:

  • General information about yourself and your experiences.
  • Personal data related to you and your academic career.
  • Health-related and volunteer experiences
  • Financial information
  • Transcript(s)
  • Three essay questions
  • Contact information for two letters of recommendation (one from a college math or science instructor, the other from your college advisor, research advisor, or employer from a health-related job or volunteer experience.

The Summer 2014 application cycle begins on Sunday, December 1, 2013 and ends on February 28, 2014. Questions regarding the online application or the program itself should be directed to or by calling 650-736-1685.

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