The Education of a Lifetime Learn about addiction treatment for substance use disorders directly from clinicians, patients and families in this immersive, weeklong educational program. “Irreplaceable. I will remember the SIMS experience for the rest of my life. Every medical student should do this program–and because I was blessed to participate in this program, I feel empowered to educate others on what I’ve learned." –Shadee G., University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Often described by participants as "a life-changing experience," the Summer Institute for Medical Students program provides an inside look at the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing. By shadowing addiction treatment patients and family program participants, you will gain extraordinary insight into the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing. Your week will include: Classroom instruction Clinical observation Integration into patient life Specifically for medical students Substance use disorders are arguably the nation's leading health problem. Our intensive educational program prepares you to effectively address all aspects of the disease in your medical practice, from assessment to treatment to recovery issues. Lecture topics include: Bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction Evidence-based and holistic approaches to care Twelve Step recovery principles and practices Program Locations The Summer Institute for Medical Students is offered at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California and Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota. Apply Now for 2019 The 2019 Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) application form is open. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2019 and the final application deadline is March 1, 2019. Applicants and alternates invited to participate in the SIMS program will be notified by phone by April 1, 2019. Applicants who are not selected will be notified by e-mail by April 8, 2019. Get details on how to apply to the Summer Institute for Medical Students. Program Cost Thanks to the generosity of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation donors, the Summer Institute for Medical Students program is offered at no cost to qualifying applicants. Travel and lodging expenses are also provided for students through a scholarship fund. Participating Schools See if your school is one of nearly 200 around the world participating in the SIMS program.