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A cornerstone of the Leaders and Learners Pathway programs is the Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute whose aim is to prepare high school and undergraduate students as well as recent college graduates to become leaders in the health sciences field. The Institute is comprised of three residential academies that expose learners to health sciences careers and health disparities, foster leadership development, enhance academic skills, and prepare them for admission to medical school.

A distinctive feature of the Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute is a half-day health disparities conference and research symposium that convenes participants from the three academies as well as students attending other summer enrichment programs on the UM campus. The Institute’s aim is to stimulate an interest and commitment to combatting health disparities and promoting research.