What does it Cost and How do I apply?
Decision Medicine is entirely FREE due to the generous financial support from the Health Plan of San Joaquin and the Community Health Fund. Additional resources come from Community Medical Centers, Dameron Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, San Joaquin General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, St. Mary’s Dining Room and UC Davis School of Medicine.
Decision Medicine was created by the San Joaquin Medical Society 18 years ago to encourage high achieving, underprivileged and under-represented students, who would not otherwise have these opportunities, to consider a career in medicine and eventually come back to serve our community.
Applications are only accepted online and will be from March 1- March 31, 2021. 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 and facilitators tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 1. 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 2021 will be notified by email the week after the interview.
Applicants must be 16 years of age by the start of the program (July 2021) and enrolled in San Joaquin County High School to participate in Decision Medicine - current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. Current seniors who will be graduating in 2021 are ineligible to participate in the program. Please see our FAQs for more details.