Michigan Health Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy

Important Dates

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Application Deadline
March 23, 2022
Program Start DateJuly 5, 2022
Program End Date
July 31, 2022

General Program Information

The 2022 Michigan Health Sciences Pre-college Exposure Academy (SPEA) is a free hybrid program scheduled to be conducted 4 days per week (M-Th 10am-3pm EST). The academy is for highly motivated 9th, 10th, and 11th grade high school students. Students gain exposure to the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine medical school healthcare professionals.


Tuesday, July 5, 2022 to Sunday, July 31, 2022

  • Virtual Experience: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – Tuesday, July 26, 2022

     Monday – Thursday: 10am -12noon, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) study course
     Monday – Thursday: 1pm-3pm, Professional Development

  • Residential In-Person Experience: Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31, 2022

Students who successfully complete (HERE) the SPEA virtual program will be eligible to attend the on-campus experience.


  • Open to US citizens or permanent residents
  • Currently in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade when submitting the application
  • Have an interest in medicine, biomedical research, and/or health equity
  • Applicants from historically marginalized populations and/or disinvested communities are encouraged to apply  
  • This program is open to all students with an interest in medicine and health equity  
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0


  • Exposure to the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine
  • Extensive SAT preparation study course 
  • Workshops in biomedical science, health equity, college preparedness, and academic wellbeing
  • Mentoring from undergraduate/graduate students, staff, and faculty
  • Exposure to leadership and professional development training

This program is offered free of charge to all selected participants.

The first step in planning for the future is making sure you are ready for the challenges that lay ahead. The Michigan Health Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy (SPEA) is an entry-level hybrid academic enrichment program that brings together highly motivated high school students to gain exposure to healthcare professions. SPEA is designed for participants who typically come from populations underrepresented in medicine, medically under-served areas and have an interest in addressing health equity issues. Our goal is to transform medicine through development of highly qualified students who want to become future leaders in health science careers. The Institute is designed to develop the Association of American Medical Colleges Core Competencies (AAMC Core Competencies). The SPEA curricula are aligned to the core competencies that are fundamental to preparing students to be future healthcare professionals


Program Modules

Modules are implemented throughout the program to meet the programmatic goals. These modules are designed to provide participants with a collegiate learning community experience and are designed to increase students’ academic development by providing Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), anatomy, physiology, and biomedical research workshops; while building a diverse, collegiate, learning community. Participants are also exposed to workshops and activities that increase students’ exposure to different cultures and increase cultural awareness.

MODULE I—Biomedical Sciences Exposure Workshops

This module includes instructional anatomy and physiology lectures, lab activities, demonstrations, and experiments designed to highlight the major organ systems through inquiry-based learning. Students develop familiarity with the core concepts within biology and the biomedical sciences as they explore content through inquiry-based learning. Students also explore biomedical research through a series of interactive, hands-on laboratory activities followed by a bioethics discussion. 

MODULE II - Advancing Medicine through Equity Series (AMES) Workshop

This module explores the tenants of health equity as a key component of observable health differences in society. These sessions introduce health equity terminology, concepts, and principles allowing students to build a learning scaffold that 1) Identifies and frames health equity principles; 2) Investigates the intertwining of policy and health; 3) Analyzes the impact of policy in real-world situations; and 4) Considers the current consequences of structural inequities experienced by historically marginalized populations. 

MODULE III— College Prep Workshop

This module includes SAT prep instruction, formal presentations, lectures, and panels on the academic path to college.  OHEI faculty and staff; SPEA student leaders; undergraduate, graduate, and medical students share their personal journey to higher education. The intent of these conversations and presentations are to assist students in providing a better understanding of navigating the academic path to college. 


MODULE IV—Personal and Community Wellness

This workshop is comprised of activities and presentations designed to promote bonding among the students and construct a more inclusive academic community. 

Application Requirements

You must submit your completed application by March 23, 2022. We encourage applicants to apply early. 

A completed application includes:

  • Submitted online application
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted online*:

1. A science or math teacher must submit a student evaluation and a letter of recommendation

2. A high school counselor recommendation

  • Official transcript from your high school counselor

*Teacher and counselor recommendations: In the application, a student must identify a teacher and counselor who will provide recommendations. An email with a link to the SPEA recommendation site and password will be sent to the persons listed in the application. The recommender will need the password to enter the SPEA recommendation site.