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Reimagine Indians into Medicine (RISE) Summer Academy

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February 16, 2021

INMED – Reimagine IndianS into MedicinE (RISE) Summer Academy 2021

The RISE Summer Academy, a 6-week program, will be open to 28 American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN)

Focus of the RISE Summer Academy:

  • MCAT Prep: The program will provide a full MCAT course through Kaplan to be taken in the summer program and continuing following the program.
  • Supplemental Basic Science Refresher: This coursework will focus on helping RISE Summer Academy students be better prepared to enter medical school. The coursework will be taught by College of Medicine faculty.
  • Cultural Engagement and Community Building: This will include meetings with the WSU Health Sciences Spokane Native American Health Office, AIAN clinical faculty, and visit(s) to an area tribal clinic.
  • Medical Student Mentors: RISE Summer Academy students will have medical student mentors to help guide them through the program, answer their questions, and provide support and encouragement.


  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with the first review of applications beginning March 10, 2021 and application closing on April 2, 2021.
  • Summer Academy Dates: Monday, June 28 – Friday, August 6, 2021

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Identify as American Indian or Alaska Native
  • MCAT
    • Have taken the MCAT but not scored well
    • Plan to take for the first time in 1-6 months of the Summer Academy end date
  • Plan to apply to medical school for either the Entering Year of 2022 or 2023 (application years of 2021 or 2022)
  • Transcripts for all college coursework taken. If applying, please send documentation to the Office of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Inclusion at


  • Cost to attend: FREE
  • Program will be held virtually
  • Access to and exposure with medical school faculty, leadership, and students
  • Coursework and exposure to become a more competitive applicant to medical school

The INMED – RISE program is held in collaboration with:

  • Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine
  • Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
  • University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Washington State University Health Science Spokane