WARNING: Due to the nature of the UMI program, videos and pictures may contain graphic medical images that may disturb some viewers.
The Basics for Enrolling in UMI
We accept high school students who will have completed 9th grade through graduating seniors (generally ages 14-18) by the time the UMI takes place. Students should have a strong interest in going into the medical field, whether as a doctor, nurse, researcher, or any other health care practitioner field. We do require students to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale) that may be cumulative or current, weighted or unweighted.
We accept undergraduate college students who have completed at least one semester as a full-time student. Students should have a strong interest in going into the medical field, whether as a doctor, nurse, researcher, or any other health care practitioner field. We do require students to have a GPA of 3.2 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale) that may be cumulative or current.
We do advise college students who have had extensive and advanced U.S.-based shadowing experiences and/or internships that the UMI is not going to be of that same nature. The UMI is a general and immersive medical experience that gives students an overview of how medicine is practiced in various departments. Governmental hospitals in developing nations do not often have specialty departments often found in major U.S. hospitals. And not all governmental hospitals have the same departments even amongst themselves. What is unique to the UMI, however, is that students get to not only experience how medicine in general is practiced, but they also experience the extraordinary care doctors give patients under difficult conditions.
All students who enroll for the UMI MUST have or obtain the following:
Passport, valid for at least 180 days after the arrival date in the UMI's host country
Tourist Visa (directions will be given on how to obtain a tourist visa after enrolling) - NOTE: students interested in UMI India programs who have parents or grandparents originally from Pakistan may experience difficulty in obtaining an Indian tourist visa
Vaccinations/Prescriptions: all normal childhood vaccinations (MMR, Tdap, etc.) as well as Hepatitis A, Flu, Typhoid, Yellow Fever (Ghana ONLY), and an anti-malarial prophylaxis
Round-trip air travel to the host country (YFI will provide recommended flights for students to book online, through a travel agent of their choice, or through a travel agency we work with)
Students should be in general good health as the UMI requires them to be on their feet all day, often in hot climates where hospitals, medical colleges, and community clinics do not have air conditioning. Basic dietary requests such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets are generally able to be met. Those with severe food allergies should consult with YFI prior to enrolling.
The vast majority of schools in the U.S. require students, especially those in high school, to perform a certain number of community service hours before graduating. As a nonprofit organization, YFI is able to sign off on forms schools and school districts have for verifying those hours (all forms from around the country YFI has certified for students who have participated in its programs have stated that organizations must be nonprofit).
The Ultimate Med Immersion® program includes 20 service hours for its high school programs.