Missouri high school students interested in careers in medicine can preview what medical school is like during Mini-Medical School. Students will stay in residence halls and eat in dining rooms on campus. Participation will be open to current Missouri high school juniors (rising seniors) graduating in 2026. The program is open to all students meeting eligibility criteria; we encourage student from groups underrepresented in medicine and from rural communities to apply.

June 2025 Sessions

  • Session 1: June 1-5, 2025
  • Session 2: June 8-12, 2025

Note: All MedPrep programs are subject to the changing conditions of the Covid-19 response and may be conducted online as needed.

High school mini med campers in the simulation center during camp.

What Participation Includes

  • Introduction to Patient-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Special sessions with clinical and research specialists
  • Hands-on experience in anatomy, microbiology, and clinical skills
  • Meaningful interactions with current School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff
  • Seminars on college and medical school application processes and life as a medical student
  • Social activities (such as pool parties, trivia nights, field games, movie nights, etc.).
Mini Med School simulation participants
Simulation participants

Expectations for Participants

  • Participants are expected to stay for the duration of the program. They will not be allowed to check-in late or leave early except in cases of emergency. Camp typically runs from 3:30 p.m. Sunday until 3:30 p.m. Thursday. If participants cannot stay the entire time then they will forfeit their spot and camp fees.
  • Once participants have selected a session, it is very unlikely that they will be able to switch sessions if they are no longer able to attend.
  • All participants will stay in the residential hall on campus, and will be assigned a roommate.
  • Students will be expected to attend all sessions and little unscheduled free time is given throughout the week.
  • Participants must follow all School of Medicine COVID guidelines and protocols as determined by the University Hospital Incident Command.

Cost to Attend and Financial Aid

The total fee with the deposit for Mini Medical School is $650 per session. The fee includes lodging and dining on campus for the duration of the camp, scrubs, t-shirt, and learning materials.

Some scholarships to attend the camp are available, and those who wish to be considered will need to complete both the camp application as well as the Scholarship Application. Those that receive a full scholarship, will still be required to pay the $50 deposit to secure their spot at camp.

Upon acceptance into the program, students will be required to pay half of the camp fee ($325; includes $50 deposit) within three weeks of acceptance. The remaining balance ($325) will be due within three weeks of the start of camp.

If the camper is unable to attend after acceptance and payment, only the $50 deposit will be refundable. Any other camp fees collected, are non-refundable.

Eligibility and Application Materials


  • Permanent address in Missouri OR attend high school in Missouri
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Be available from 3:30 p.m. Sunday until 3:30 p.m. Thursday the week of your camp session

Application Materials

  • High School transcript (at least five semesters) sent by high school*
  • Science teacher's recommendation sent directly by teacher*
  • Mini-Med Application - opening January 2025

*Application materials can be emailed to: umhssomminimed@health.missouri.edu 

Or mailed to:

High School Mini-Med School
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65212

PLEASE NOTE: We typically have more applications than we do spots. We will not be able to accept every student who applies.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Partnership

The University of Missouri Office of Medical Education and The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center (EFCC) have partnered this year for Mini Med to deliver some cancer research experiences to all campers. Throughout the camp session campers will get to visit the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s state-of-the-art theranostics and molecular imaging, comparative oncology and translational medicine, and the precision oncology facilities.

EFCC will also provide scholarships for competitive applicants to attend Mini Med who have a strong interest in pursuing a medical career in the cancer field. Applicants interested in an EFCC scholarship must meet the same eligibility requirements as well as submit the same application materials listed above. EFCC scholars will be selected based on their competitive application and high scholarship. EFCC scholars may be asked to complete additional information upon acceptance.

Important Dates for June 2025 Camps (coming soon)

  • January 2025 - Applications Opens
  • March 2025 - Application & All Materials (transcripts, letter of evaluation) Due by 5:00 p.m. CST
  • April 2025 - Applicants Notified If Accepted
  • April 2025 - First Payment Due
  • May 2025 - Second Payment Due

Sample Camp Schedule

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
7 a.m.   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8 a.m.   Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture
9 a.m.   Lecture PBL Lecture PBL
10 a.m.   PBL PBL PBL PBL
11 a.m.   PBL Lecture PBL Lecture
12 p.m.   Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1 p.m.   Student Panel Lecture Lecture Physicians Panel
2 p.m.   Lecture Lecture Tour of Campus Closing Ceremony
3 p.m. Check-In Suture Lab Simulations Tour of Campus Closing Ceremony
4 p.m. Welcome Dinner Suture Lab Simulations Lecture  
5 p.m. Welcome Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
6 p.m. Welcome Dinner Objectives Objectives Objectives  
7 p.m. Welcome Dinner Objectives Objectives Objectives  
8 – 10 p.m. Social Activity Social Activity Social Activity Social Activity  


High school mini med campers in the simulation center during camp.