The Junior Doctors Academy (JDA) is a special academic enrichment program for motivated seventh and eighth grade students attending Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Terronez Middle Schools and who are interested in a career in medicine or another health profession.
Applicants who are either educationally or economically disadvantaged, and
who express an interest in pursuing a health degree program are eligible
for participation if selected into the JDA program.
Participants of the program must be United States citizens, non-citizen
nationals, or foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent
residence in the United States.
Selection of JDA students is based on:
Grade point average of 2.8 or better
Copy of their most recent report card
Personal Statement written by the student
One letter of recommendation
The mission of the Junior Doctors Academy is:
To nurture the development of future doctors and allied health professionals
through a supportive and academically rigorous educational program for
middle school students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds.
Program goals are to:
- Prepare students for a rigorous high school academic experience that leads to meeting entrance requirements of four-year colleges and universities.
- Expose middle school students to colleges and universities and increase their understanding of what it takes to become a competitive applicant for higher education.
- Increase student knowledge of scientific and health related topics relevant to a future career in a health profession.
- Develop skills that will enhance students' academic, social and leadership abilities.
What is offered to Junior Doctors Academy students:
- Special classes emphasizing health professions with credentialed teachers adept at teaching academic achievement skills.
- Enrichment opportunities in science, mathematics, and/or language arts.
Lessons and guidance for college preparation and planning through the CollegeEd curriculum.
- Tutoring by college students provided at school specifically for JDA students.
- Guest speakers on topics related to high school, college and health careers.
- Study trips to colleges and universities, science exhibits, and health facilities.
- Summer enrichment program.
- Resources and information for parents.
Expectations of Junior Doctors Academy students:
- Enroll in the Junior Doctor’s Academy class and/or after school program with an emphasis on science, math, language arts and/or AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).
- Commit to the program for the entire year.
- Maintain a 2.8 grade point average (GPA).
- Attend 75% of the extracurricular JDA activities offered.
- Participate in after school enrichment activities, study trips, workshops, service events, summer program, and activities that enhance student achievement.
- Attend sessions and seek academic help from JDA teachers and tutors.
Expectations of Junior Doctors Academy parents:
- Support student achievement and involvement in events and activities.
- Be involved in student’s education and career planning.
- Participate in events and activities for parents.
- Complete required forms for student participation.
- Communicate with students, teachers and program personnel in an exchange of ideas to enhance individual and program success.
In partnership with many local educational, health and service organizations,
the Junior Doctors Academy is recognized as a unique program coordinated by the
UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research through funding
from various sources.
See Partners and Affiliates.
For more information regarding the Junior Doctors Academy program, contact us at (559) 241-7670.