Yale Summer Enrichment Medical Academy (YSEMA)

The Yale Summer Enrichment Medical Academy (YSEMA) is launching as a pilot THIS SUMMER. YSEMA is a free 6-week program for students aspiring to a career in medicine. Students will participate in an intensive science curriculum designed to improve success in upper-division science courses that are required for pre-med students. There will be a focus on learning how to become a successful medical school applicant and how to navigate the application process. There is no fee to attend and students will receive a $500 stipend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and help with transportation costs (i.e., bus pass) will also be available.

To Apply

There will be a very brief application window this year, to begin the application process, you will need:

  • Two letters of recommendations (one from a science faculty)
  • College transcript
  • Resume (including extra-curricular activities)
  • FAFSA report of Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) (DACA students exempt from this requirement) 
  • Personal statement: YSEMA seeks individuals who are interested in 1) advancing the goals of diversity in the health professions, 2) working toward reducing health care disparities, and 3) improving health care for all. Please share your interest in one of these areas. What do you hope to gain from your participation in the YSEMA program? How do you think this program will help you achieve your future goals?

Yale Summer Enrichment Medical Academy

Program Brochure

Important Note

Qualified applicants must be matriculated Gateway Community & Housatonic College students who have completed BIO*121 and CHE*121 with a C or better. All students who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students:

  • from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
  • who identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander)
  • who are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • who are first in their family to attend college