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MITHS Summer Program

Please join us for our summer 2021 MITHS program that will be tentatively held in person. However, due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, the program may be virtual.   Contact us directly for updates and applications.  The application deadline is extended to April 14, 2021.

Loma Linda University Health is committed to developing the next generation of dedicated, service-minded, skilled healthcare professional that will change the world. If you are passionate about extending "the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ" and want to learn more about careers in health sciences, the MITHS program was designed with you in mind.

Participate in MITHS

MITHS is a challenging three-week summer program designed to introduce black Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) high school students to careers in the health sciences. During the course, participants will be immersed in the Loma Linda University (LLU) campus life by experiencing first-hand opportunities on what happens at a health sciences university campus. Participants will be introduced to the health sciences by exploring topics ranging from medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, behavioral health, allied health, public health and healthcare administration. In order to best prepare students for higher education in these careers, a focus on enhancing test-taking skills in anatomy and physiology, mathematics, reading comprehension and writing will be implemented throughout the program. Students will be able to listen to courses taught by faculty from LLU, tour the hospital and simulation center, and learn the fundamentals of professions in the health sciences. Additionally, students will enjoy the richness of Southern California by participating in group outings around the area. The MITHS experience strives to prepare students for their senior year of high school and expose them on what to expect in college through an interactive experience.

Sponsored by Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Celebrating the Legacy and Future of MITHS 

More than 75 alumni, faculty, leadership and supporters gathered virtually for a special program to honor the Minority Introduction to the Health Sciences (MITHS) program on February 21. The virtual gala celebrated the past, present and future of MITHS where many stories were told, alumni reunited and hopes for the future of the program were affirmed.

Established by Leroy A. Reese, MD (’72) in 1999, the MITHS program has attracted over 350 Black Seventh-day Adventist high school students to the popular summer academic program held at Loma Linda University. 

As part of the program, Dean Tamara Thomas, MD (’87) announced a new scholarship named after Ruth J. Temple, the first African-American woman to graduate with an MD degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1918. Temple was a community health leader and advocated for public health. The Ruth Temple Diversity Scholarship will help underrepresented minority students attend medical school and provide professional development opportunities for current School of Medicine students.

A surprise during the MITHS gala was the announcement of the Dr. Leroy A. Reese Endowment for MITHS to ensure the vision of MITHS has a lasting legacy and to support future programming opportunities for minorities interested in medicine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

The great news is that the MITHS program is FREE to participants. If you are selected, your room, board, and educational expenses will be covered by Loma Linda University. Students will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from Loma Linda, laundry and spending money for extracurricular activities. Proof of medical insurance coverage from an individual or group plan is also required.

Who can apply?

MITHS participants will be selected from a pool of black applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Junior in high school
  • Overall GPA of 3.5+
  • High academic performance in science and math courses
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church membership or affiliation
  • Citizenship record in good and regular standing
  • Participation in leadership, school activities, and community service
  • Strong interest in a career in the health sciences

How do I apply?

Each applicant must meet the application criteria, complete the online application, and submit the required mailed documents by the application deadline. The application deadline has been extended to April 14, 2021.

What is the application process?

Each applicant must meet the application requirements, complete an online application, and submit mailed documents by application deadline. The application deadline is March 31, 2021.

  1. Complete online application
  2. Three letters of recommendation upon submitting an application (by mail)
    • One Academic Reference (science or math teacher)
    • One Guidance Counselor Reference (guidance counselor or principal)
    • One Pastoral Reference (SDA church pastor or chaplain)
  3. Two application essays
  4. PSAT, SAT, or ACT score results
  5. Submit official transcript (by mail)