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Student Application

What does it Cost and How do I apply?

Decision Medicine 2018 is entirely FREE-due to generous financial support from Kaiser Permanente and the Health Plan of San Joaquin. Additional support and resources come from the University of the Pacific, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Dameron Hospital, San Joaquin General Hospital, UC Davis Medical School, San Joaquin County Office of Education and California Pacific Medical Center.

Decision Medicine was created by the San Joaquin Medical Society to provide a unique educational experience to students throughout San Joaquin County. With the current shortage of Primary Care Physicians here in the San Joaquin Valley, it is imperative that we equip young intellectuals with whatever it takes for them to go to medical school and to come back to serve our community.  

Applications are only accepted online and will be available February 1, 2018. All applications are due by March 1, 2018. The initial selection/screening process will be based upon the students Grade Point Average (GPA), answers to several questions and a 250 word personal statement essay.  Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to complete the application.  You cannot save and complete later and may get timed out.  The top 40 applicants are then invited for a personal interview with a panel of physicians scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018. The final 24 students will be selected by the panel after reviewing completed application and essays, with GPA’s confirmed, and cumulative personal interview score. The Decision Medicine Class of 2018 will be notified by email the week after the interview.

Applicants must be 16 years of age by the start of the program (July 16, 2018) and enrolled in high school to participate in Decision Medicine 2018 - current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply.  Current seniors who will be graduating in May/June 2018 are ineligible to participate in the program.