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Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute

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The Duke University Summer Biomedical Science Institute is a free, six-week summer residential experience providing intensive and personalized preparation for medical school for rising college sophomores and rising juniors. Recognizing that the academic record is the largest barrier to matriculation to medical school, our program takes a two-pronged approach to preparing students to apply to and matriculate to medical school. First, academic content prepares participants for success in the pre-health sciences. Students receive a rigorous preview of the pre-health sciences. And second, individual advising provides a plan for success throughout the undergraduate years. 


  • Web-based instruction in science, medical statistics, medical writing 
  • Instruction in Medical Ethics and Health Disparities
  • Longitudinal course on Learning skills and wellness
  • Financial planning and financing education workshops
  • Clinical Observerships
  • Individualized Health professions advising

The program lasts 6 weeks and occurs annually.

ELIGIBILITY. This program targets first-year and sophomore college students who 

  • are from groups underrepresented in medicine
  • are from underserved communities,
  • are socioeconomically disadvantaged,
  • aspire to work with underserved communities.  

For questions, contact sbsi@dm.duke.edu


This program was established in 2001 and is housed within Duke University School of Medicine. This program is not currently funded. 

For questions about funding and other forms of support for this program, contact: