Summer Immersion Program in Emergency Medicine

Program Overview

The Summer Immersion Program is a 4-week experience that will be held from May 20 to June 14, 2024. Students will explore EM as a career by engaging in multiple educational activities and dedicated mentorship from our distinguished faculty, including participating in shadowing experiences in the emergency department alongside EM attending physicians.

The immersion program may be coupled with the Shapiro Summer Research Program for a total commitment of 10 weeks* (5/20-8/15). For students participating in both programs, clinical and leadership experiences will be integrated with research activities in an individualized manner in coordination with education and research faculty. Duties related to the Summer Immersion Program are flexible to facilitate dedicated work time on Shapiro projects. Students in the combined program will also be supported in arranging breaks/time off in coordination with program faculty.

*The 10-week combined program is only available to students with an EM faculty mentor for their Shapiro research project.

Program Highlights

  • Competitive stipend to be used toward housing, travel, and other needs
  • Dedicated mentorship and networking opportunities
  • Extensive shadowing experiences with EM faculty in diverse clinical settings
  • Structured debriefing and reflection of clinical and program experiences
  • Participation in departmental didactic conferences and special events

Program Eligibility

  1.   UW SMPH student entering their second year with an interest in pursuing Emergency Medicine as a career path
  2.   Has support of the Associate Dean for Students to participate. Conditional approval will be secured by Summer Immersion Program leadership. No action is required from the student prior to or after applying to the program.
  3.   Identifies as an individual from a disadvantaged background, such as:
    • First generation college graduate
    • Bilingual or speaks English not as their first language
    • Was or is currently eligible for a Federal Pell grant
    • Has experienced adversity, such as discrimination, trauma or abuse, housing insecurity or financial hardship
    • Grew up in a U.S. Rural Area* and/or a Low-Income and/or Health Professional Shortage Area (qualifying zip codes are included in the linked file).

*As defined by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer
As designated by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Application Process

Submit an Application Form

Please complete the Summer Immersion Program Application Form, in which you will be asked to submit a:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement (2 pages maximum, single spaced), in which applicants should:
    • Introduce themselves.
    • Discuss their current career goals and how participation in the program will help them work to advance these goals.
    • Describe what they hope to gain from this experience.
    • Briefly describe their Shapiro project, if applying to the 10-week combined program.

Information in this application form will be confidentially submitted to Niki Hagen, Medical Student Program Manager. Questions or concerns can be directed to Niki at

Deadline to Apply

Priority deadline for applications is February 16, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with acceptance into the program announced no later than April 2024.

Have questions? Please email Niki Hagen at