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Seeking applicants for summer program aimed at teen girls considering healthcare careers

April 03, 2023
Gastroenterologist Dr. Nimisha Parekh, wearing a white coat in front of green trees,  is the founder and director of the UCI Health SHE program and director of the Digestive Health Institute's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program."

Gastroenterologist Dr. Nimisha Parekh is the founder and director
of the UCI Health SHE program and director of the Digestive Health
Institute's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. Photo by 
Carrie Rosema for UCI Health

The Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) program is now accepting applications for its 2023 session, which takes place July 17-21.

SHE is a career exploration program designed for young women who are high school juniors and seniors ages 16 to 18 and are interested in learning about careers in healthcare.

Tools and mentorship

The program also provides participants with practical tools and mentorship to achieve their educational and career goals.

Participants will:

  • Learn from panels of physicians, nurses, research scientists, administrators and other healthcare professionals
  • Learn from role models and mentors while expanding networking opportunities
  • Learn to network, participate in mock interviews and prepare to write a college essay  
  • Plan, research and present a digestive health awareness project with guidance from a program mentor

Participants will also receive a certificate of completion and a reference letter.

“Healthcare is a great career for women with so many possibilities. It is a career that has many opportunities, allows you to make a difference in your community and has flexibility,” says SHE program founder Dr. Nimisha Parekh, director of the UCI Health Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. Parekh is also a professor of medicine and associate dean of faculty development for UCI School of Medicine.

Deadlines and information

The deadline to apply is April 21.

For more information and to apply online, visit Summer Healthcare Experience ›

For questions, please email program coordinator Kathryn Kennedy at kennedy@uci.edu.

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