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SMI Philly

The Summer Medical Institute Philadelphia

Sponsored by Medical Campus Outreach and Esperanza Health Center

Dates:  June 27-July 18, 2015

Description: During this dynamic three-week program, health professions students learn to address health needs of the largely low-income, urban community in North Philadelphia and integrate their faith and medical practice.

  • Urban medical outreach: Door-to-door health screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, and nutrition, sharing the love of Christ through conversation and prayer. Students learn first-hand the impact of social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, and economic factors on health.
  • Education: Students shadow health care providers at Esperanza and observe an effective model of Christian primary health care.
  • Mentoring: Attending physicians volunteer to work alongside the students and speak on topics medical practitioners face.
  • Discipleship: Small group Bible study and teaching on biblical foundations are also integrated throughout the program.
  • Community: Participants live together and work in partnership with area churches. They also come to know people in the community by meeting them in the churches, in their homes, in the clinic, and on the streets.

The student support for participating in the SMI is $1200, which is tax deductible if donors itemize deductions. Many students choose to raise support to cover this cost. If you choose to support raise, we can provide sample letters, forms and guidelines to help you, and will provide support and information throughout the process.

To read the student blog,  visit


View the SMI 2014 slideshow here! 



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