Reimagine IndianS into MedicinE (RISE) Summer Academy 2021

Through grant funding from the Indian Health Service’s Indians Into Medicine Program (INMED) and the Empire Health Foundation, the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students to participate in pathway programs.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on March 10 for consideration to the RISE Summer Academy.

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) students.

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

Feel free to contact Esteban Herevia at with any questions.

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