Health Careers Opportunity Program

The Health Careers Opportunity Program at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (Summit Scholars) represents a major investment by the School of Medicine, the University of Alabama Schools of Dentistry, Optometry, Public Health and Health Related Professions along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, the Birmingham City School System, the Alabama Health Department and the Birmingham Young Men's Christian Association towards empowering disadvantaged youth with tools for success in the world of healthcare.

We identify, recruit and enable economically and educationally disadvantaged youth (grades 6-12) to become more academically prepared, have exposure to and become equipped with the financial and research tools to navigate their way to a health career. We provide exposure to the multiple health disciplines through lectures, shadowing, hands on activities, rotational experiences, and immersion into the field of primary care. 

Check out some of the HCOP Summit Scholar highlights from this summer!

      HCOP Schedule Dates
September 6th, 13th, and 27th

February 7th and 21st

October 4th and 18th

March 7th and 21st

November 1st and 15th

April 11th and 25th

December 6th and 13th

May 2nd and 16th

January 10th, 24th, and 31st



  • Please remember to be courteous and pick your child/children up on time. We do not have volunteers to stay past 3 p.m.
  • Volunteers are still needed each Saturday session to assist with the middle and high school Saturday sessions.

Volunteer Schedule

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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