Wash State U COM | Reimagine Indians into Medicine (RISE) Summer Academy (Spokane, WA)

Jan. 11, 2023

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) to participate in pathway programs.

Deadline to apply: April 7, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

INMED – Reimagine IndianS into MedicinE (RISE) Summer Academy 2023

The RISE Summer Academy, a 6-week program, will be open to American Indian Alaska Native (AIAN) aspiring physicians.

Focus of the RISE Summer Academy:

  • MCAT Prep: The program will provide a full MCAT course through Kaplan with access following the program.
  • Medical School Admissions: This component will include a deep dive into the medical school admissions process with guidance on how to develop a competitive application, mock interviews, personal statement editing/feedback, and presentations by medical school admissions deans from multiple medical schools.
  • 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 learning, activities, and gatherings with the WSU Health Sciences Spokane Native American Health Sciences Office and AIAN clinical faculty.
  • Medical Student Mentors: RISE Summer Academy students will have access to medical student to help guide them through the program, answer their questions, and provide support and encouragement.


  • Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on April 7, 2023 for consideration to the RISE Summer Academy.
  • RISE Summer Academy 2023 will be conducted in a hybrid model.
    • Participants will travel to WSU’s Health Sciences campus in Spokane, WA at the beginning and end of the program (travel and lodging in Spokane will be paid for by RISE). Thoughtful activities, gathering, and end-of program celebrations will be included.
    • The weeks in between will be held virtually over Zoom and other virtual platforms.

Read more and apply by Apr 7