Summer Institute for Medical Students Application (SIMS) Instructions Before you begin the SIMS application, please gather all required information including your application essay and Curriculum Vitae (PDF format, only). Application questions may take up to one hour to complete and a partially completed application cannot be saved for later. Your essay should be one page typed (about 500 words) and describe one or more of the following: In your own words, explain the definition of addiction. How has addiction personally affected your own life? What do you hope to achieve by participating in the SIMS program? In addition to completing the application form, two letters of recommendation are required (PDF format, only). While it is preferred that letters of recommendation be submitted as part of the online process, these two items may be submitted after the online application is complete. Submit letters of recommendation in PDF format via email to MPE@HazeldenBettyFord.org, or in print format by postal mail to: Joseph Skrajewski Executive Director of Medical and Professional Education Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Daniels Building 39000 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Letters of recommendation must be received by either the priority application date or final application date, and your application is not complete without them. We will begin to fill the limited number of program seats immediately following the PRIORITY application deadline on February 1, 2021. To be considered for a remaining seat, if any, applications will be accepted until March 1, 2021. No applications will be accepted after the final deadline. Applicants and alternates invited to participate in the SIMS program will be notified by phone by April 1, 2021. Applicants who are not selected will be notified by email by April 5, 2021. Dates to Remember December 1, 2020: We will begin accepting applications February 1, 2021: Priority application deadline March 1, 2021: Final application deadline April 1, 2021: Applicants and alternates invited to participate in the SIMS program will be notified by phone April 5, 2021: Applicants who are not selected will be notified by e-mail SIMS Sessions and Dates at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA May 24-28, 2021 June 7-11, 2021 June 21-25, 2021 July 5-9, 2021 July 19-23, 2021 August 2-6, 2021 August 16-20, 2021 SIMS Sessions and Dates at Hazelden Betty Ford in Center City, MN May 24-28, 2021 June 14-18, 2021 June 28-July 2, 2021 July 12-16, 2021 July 26-30, 2021 August 9-13, 2021 SIMS Sessions and Dates at Hazelden Betty Ford in Newberg, OR June 14-18, 2021 July 5-9, 2021 July 26-30, 2021 August 16-20, 2021 Special COVID-19 Notice To protect the health and wellbeing of our community we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, and its impact on our programming, including the Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS). While we are cautiously optimistic that Summer 2021 SIMS will be able to move forward in person, local COVID trends in California, Minnesota and Oregon may require us to re-evaluate our plans. In the event we suspend on-campus programming for summer 2021, alternate plans will be announced at that time. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the SIMS program. Be well.