Program Director: Dana Sands, MD
Program Coordinator: Jill Anderson

Cleveland Clinic Florida has a strong commitment to medical education and research. We believe that as an integral member of the community, it is important to offer students the opportunity to become familiar with different careers in medicine and the path to achieve them. The Summer Scholar Program is geared towards incoming high school seniors providing exposure to the practice of medicine in both the hospital and clinic settings. The program runs Monday through Friday, approximately 8 hours daily with changes in times based upon the assigned rotation. This year’s program will be a hybrid made of in-person and virtual learning experiences.

It is encouraged that any summer classes or any time off not be taken during the dates of the program.

  • High School Students (Rising Seniors) - One of two (3 week) sessions will be assigned.
  • College Students (Undergraduate Students) - One of two (3 week) sessions will be assigned.

Program activities

Students will be exposed to many clinical areas including Internal Medicine, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, as well as many other sub-specialties. Students will have directed interaction with staff physicians. The experience will culminate with a case presentation from each of the student during a graduation ceremony.

Program dates and schedule

  • Session 1: June 12, 2023 to June 30, 2023
  • Session 2: July 3, 2023 to July 21, 2023
  • Mandatory Orientation: June 12, 2023
    • Any student in session 2 will be required to attend orientation on June 12.
    • You must attend orientation to participate in the Summer Scholar Program (there will be no exceptions.)

Student schedules will be given out at orientation. Students will be expected to be here Monday through Friday from 8AM-4PM with minor changes based upon a specific rotation. This year’s program will be a hybrid program including virtual and in person days. We ask that all participants be able to fully commit to the program as this is a true work environment for our staff and mentors and students who cannot commit to the schedule can cause a disruption to the work environment and affect patient care.


Local high school juniors going into their senior year, the student should have a GPA of 3.6 or higher. The Summer Scholar Program is a program designed to introduce high school senior students to the many career options available in the medical field. They will rotate through multiple specialties within the hospital and outpatient clinic and have the opportunity to experience the various disciplines in medicine through lecture series and clinical rotations. The students will have a chance to ask questions and to explore different work environments.


No housing will be provided. Students are responsible for their own accommodations. It is mainly intended for students who live within Broward County.

Costs and stipends

No stipend will be available. You are responsible for your meals.

Cafeteria hours

Monday through Friday
Breakfast: 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

If accepted to the Summer Scholar Program there will be an onboarding and processing fee of $100 to be paid upon acceptance into the program.

Dress code

Any student participating in the Summer Scholar Program will be required to dress in business professional attire at all times. They will be given a lab coat to use for the duration of the program that must be returned at graduation.

There will be a fee for any lab coat that is not returned.

Program goals

The goals of the program include the following:

  1. Provide an individually structured full-time learning experience at Cleveland Clinic Florida during the summer for selected students.
  2. Introduce students with an introduction to clinical medicine and to foster their interest in the field.
  3. Raise consciousness about the daily tasks and responsibilities of a physician, offering real-world hospital experience.


Online application

Students interested in applying to the Summer Scholars Program may do so by completing and submitting the online application and providing all supporting documents. Please be sure to read all Deadline and Required Document information prior to submitting your application.

  • Please send all documents at one time including recommendation letters. PDF files only. Do not send google doc links as they will not be reviewed. 
  • Only completed applications will be reviewed.
  • You must email all completed application materials including recommendation letters to FLSummerScholar@ccf.org. Recommendation letters can be sent directly from references if needed.
  • Only email applications will be accepted.
  • Applicants must be responsible for submitting their own complete application. (We highly discourage parents from submitting applications on applicants behalf.)

Deadline and notification of acceptance

  • We will begin to accept applications for the 2023 program on February 1, 2023 do not submit early as it will not be viewed, and the deadline will be Friday March 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. with no exceptions.
  • All complete application materials with recommendations letters are due by: Friday, March 31, 2023 11:59 p.m. 
  • Notification of acceptance to be announced via email by April 30, 2023

*Emailed applications will only be accepted.

Required documents and information

  1. Application Form
  2. Emergency Contact Form
  3. Personal Statement / Essay 1 full page. Please put your name on your essay.
    What sparked your interest in the field of medicine? What do you hope to gain in your participation of the program?
  4. Two letters of recommendation from school (Please email with the complete application documents. Letters need to be on the school's letterhead and have the appropriate signatures. Recommendation letters can be from teachers, administration or guidance counselors.)
  5. Proof of Health Insurance.
  6. A passport photo - with white or blue background sent in JPEG format. This will be used for your ID badge.
  7. School transcripts with a GPA of 3.6 (Transcripts can be an unofficial printed document. If transcripts are sealed, please open and scan with application.)

Things to note if you are accepted

  • If you are accepted into the program, you will need to complete Cleveland Clinic's Non-Employee onboarding program Silkroad.
  • You will also need to provide documentation of a PPD and Titers (evidence of immunization.)
  • All participating scholars must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to comply with the CMS federal mandate.
  • Drug Screen - (10 Panel Urinalysis) we do not give orders.
  • If you are accepted, you will be responsible for a non-refundable onboarding and processing fee of $100.00.
  • If you do not complete the Silkroad Non-Employee on boarding program by the assigned date, you will not be able to participate in Summer Scholar.

*There will be no exceptions for incomplete or late submissions of Silkroad.

Contact & Location

Contact & Location

Contact Information

You may contact Jill Anderson by email at andersj4@ccf.org


The Summer Scholar Program will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Florida campus.

Cleveland Clinic Florida
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, FL 33331