We’re now accepting applications for the Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS)—an intensive, five-day immersion experience for med students who want to learn about addiction and recovery (and how to care for patients who need help).
Please share this opportunity with anyone who might be interested, and submit your applications prior to March 1, 2023.
What is the SIMS program?
This is an unparalleled learning opportunity that gives medical students the chance to work alongside the esteemed clinicians at Hazelden Betty Ford and learn all about the science of addiction and the spirit of recovery.
SIMS is hosted at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, and the Hazelden Betty Ford campuses in Center City, Minnesota, and Newberg, Oregon.*
As a SIMS participant, you can expect to:
- Learn about the disease model of addiction—which we refer to as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual disease—and how treatment addresses the whole person.
- Learn how Twelve Step programs are used in addiction treatment and why they’re a part of the lifetime recovery “prescription.”
- Shadow our clinicians while learning to “think with your heart” and relate to the human being behind the disease.
- Receive an often-overlooked but invaluable medical education that would improve the lives of countless patients whose addiction would otherwise go untreated or unnoticed.
2023 Program Details
Applications for this exciting opportunity are now being accepted through March 1, 2023. We ask that you send the following link to everyone you can think of who could benefit from this amazing, life-changing experience.
Program Cost and Scholarship Information
The cost of the SIMS program is $4,750 which includes airfare/transportation (up to $500), six nights of lodging, meals and program supplies and fees.
Thanks to the generosity of Hazelden Betty Ford donors, partial and/or full scholarships are available for all students that are selected for the program. All admitted students receive either partial or full scholarship assistance.
Scholarship information is communicated at the time of program admission in spring of 2023.
All interested students are strongly encouraged to apply regardless of their financial status.
*To protect the health and well-being of our community, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our programming, including the 2023 Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS).
Program Dates and Locations
May 22-26 Center City, Minnesota
May 22-26 Newberg, Oregon
May 22-26 Rancho Mirage, California
June 5-9 Center City
June 5-9 Rancho Mirage
June 12-16 Newberg
June 19-23 Center City
June 19-23 Rancho Mirage
June 26-30 Newberg
July 3-7 Rancho Mirage
July 10-14 Center City
July 17-21 Rancho Mirage
July 24-28 Center City
July 31-August 4 Rancho Mirage
August 7-11 Center City
August 7-11 Newberg
August 14-18 Rancho Mirage