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Recommendation Form

Extracurricular Activities    

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The Med-Start Health Careers Program is a summer academic enrichment program for 11th grade Arizona high school students interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences. Students participate in the program during the summer between their junior and senior years.

Med-Start, was created in 1969 to introduce students the importance of healthcare in rural, reservation, and economically disadvantaged areas through the recruitment and training of students from these regions. Med-Start introduces young people prepare for their future in the health professions by exploring career opportunities and providing college-level coursework in English and science and math. The students will gain opportunities to participate in professional lectures, health-related fieldtrips, and hands-on lab experiences and live on campus.

The Med-Start program sponsored by the University of Arizona Health Sciences-Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Arizona-Area Health Education Centers  is a collaborative effort between the UA College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Public Health and other departments at The University of Arizona and other Arizona educational and healthcare organizations. 


  • College-level English course (elective college credit)
  •  Introduction to Chemistry Lab (college credit)
  • Introduction to Math (college credit)
  • Hands-on presentations and demonstrations
  • Special lectures on health careers
  • Live on the University of Arizona campus
  • Tours of healthcare and research facilities


  • High school students who have completed their junior year and have a strong interest in a healthcare profession.
  • All students must be US citizens or permanent residents, and one-year Arizona residents
  • Must have GPA of 3.0 or higher and complete the interview process.
  • Med-Start welcomes applications from all students. Because they are underrepresented in the healthcare professions, students who are of ethnic minority backgrounds (Hispanic, Native American, African American), are first-generation college, and/or are economically disadvantaged, are especially encouraged to apply. 

The Med-Start Tucson program is a residential program. All participants will be required to reside in a University of Arizona residence hall through the duration of the program under the supervision of Counselors and Staff. Participants must attend ALL presentations, tours and required classes

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment and retaliation.



For more information, contact Alma Aguirre, B.S., Program Coordinator, Sr. at or 520-621-5531


UA Student Summer Employment Opportunities

Interested in applying for counselor (full-time) positions?   Email Alma Aguirre for an employment application. 

See summer employment for UA Students

This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under grant number D18HP32129 Health Careers Opportunity Program, as part of an award totaling $3,199,800 with 80 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit