Description and Mission

The MD Camp offers a dynamic curriculum, providing the opportunity for high school students to observe and participate in the many exciting aspects of what a medical career can offer. The Ohio State University College of Medicine faculty, staff and students will provide instruction in the lecture, discussion and workshop components of the curriculum.

MD Camp students will also have the opportunity to shadow clinicians and researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center and at Children’s Hospital. By the end of MD camp, students will have a greater grasp of what a career in medicine is like and how to go about becoming a successful physician.

MD Camp, sponsored by the Area Health Education Center is an intensive, three-week summer day camp for 2019 providing participants an experience in the rigors of medical school. It is open to rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, including biomedical research. We typically accept students who are considered traditionally underrepresented in medicine, and traditionally underserved which can include women and individuals from socio-economic and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ultimately, MD Camp aims at increasing the number of physicians who are underrepresented in medicine and who elect to practice in underserved areas. Toward this end, the camp strives to inspire students to pursue a career in medicine by challenging them intellectually, facilitating their academic and social development, and increasing their awareness of the special needs of underserved populations.

View an online presentation about our camp or our MD Camp brochure.

Program Curriculum

Our curriculum includes the following pillars:

  • Lecture Component: Medical school faculty will give lectures covering a diverse range of topics and pathologies, from head-and-neck anatomy to the physiological changes that lead to heart attack. Students will also hear lectures about issues that face the medical community every day, including ethics, and the health disparities in underserved populations in the United States.
  • Problem-based Learning: Students will work out complex clinical cases in a group-discussion format.
  • Research: Students will gain hours of research experience while participating in one of the many ongoing medical research projects at Ohio State or at Children’s Hospital. They will learn about the research process and some of the most important techniques used in research, such as PCR, Flow Cytometry, Western Blotting, etc. At the end of MD Camp, students will be given the opportunity to teach what they had learned to their fellow classmates as part of a poster or PowerPoint presentation.
  • Community Project: Students will give back to their community by spending an afternoon participating in a community service project.
  • Clinical Workshops: Students will learn and practice common procedures in medicine, such as phlebotomy, suturing, intubation, taking a basic history of a patient, use of the stethoscope, and much more.
  • Clinical Shadowing: Students will shadow physicians in a hospital setting in different specialties, such as pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, etc. Students will observe rounds, discuss cases, and get a feeling for what an average day is like for a physician. Students will also be able to watch a live surgery through a video conference setting, where the surgeon will give insights during the surgery to the students while operating.
  • Clinical Skills Assessment: Students will learn how to diagnose and treat a select number of common clinical pathologies. In the finale of the clinical component of the curriculum, students will be presented with a common clinical scenario. They will use their knowledge gained from lectures, shadowing and clinical workshops to assess and treat standardized patients presenting one of these pathologies.
  • Guest Speakers: Selected physicians, health care workers, and other speakers will be brought in to discuss a wide range of topics and to interact with MD Camp students. From these speakers, students will acquire a greater depth of understanding and appreciation of what the pursuit of medicine will entail.

Admissions Information

To be competitive, it is recommended that a student have a cumulative grade point average at least a 3.0 and a math and science GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Early applicants will be given priority consideration for scholarships.

Application Requirements

Please note: You will not be able to save your work. Please make sure you have time to complete the entire application at one sitting or you will have to begin again. You may want to work on your essay questions prior to beginning your online application and have them ready when you apply.

Complete the MD Camp 2020 online application

If you are unable to apply using the Google form above, you may download the application

The application essay questions are below. Please work on your essay questions prior to beginning your online application to have them ready when you decide to apply.

    1. Please compose an essay on the following topic: "Why I want to attend MD Camp." In your essay, please be sure to include what you hope to learn and experience during MD Camp. (500-word maximum)
    2. The role of a doctor is to help others in the community. Describe a meaningful experience (extracurricular activity, community service experience, or other) in which you helped others in your community. How was this experience meaningful or important to you? (250-word maximum)
    3. Describe the greatest challenge you have faced and how you worked to overcome that challenge. (250-word maximum)
    4. If you are not chosen for MD Camp, how will you continue to work towards your goals? (100-word maximum)

If there is anything else you would like us to know regarding your application, please use this space to share that with us (Optional)

Submit two letters of recommendation with at least one from a mathematics or science teacher.

Both letters of recommendation should be signed by the writer, preferably on school letterhead, and sent through this submission form. or emailed by the writer to Letters can also be mailed.

Supplemental materials such as your high school transcript and letters of recommendation may be mailed to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. They should be postmarked by 11 March, 2020.   

Office for Diversity and Inclusion

The Ohio State University College of Medicine
370 W. 9th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Dates: Monday June 15, 2020 – Thursday July 2, 2020

Time: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $700

Scholarships are available based on need and academic merit.


Thank you for your interest in MD Camp.

Important Dates

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 13, 2020
  • Interview dates: April TBD
  • Final acceptance notifications: TBD
  • Parent meeting: TBD
Learn more about MD Camp at Ohio State.

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