Medical Education Research Initiative for Teens (MERIT) Health Leadership Academy


The MERIT Health Leadership Academy is a nonprofit academic and career mentorship program supporting Baltimore City high school students who aspire to careers in medicine. MERIT scholars take advanced academic classes on Saturdays; work in hospitals, labs, and community organizations during paid internships; and receive long-term college and career mentorship.

This summer, scholars shadowed professionals in clinical and laboratory settings across the city. As rising juniors, MERIT scholars participate in clinical internships, giving them the opportunity to experience health care in the real world. MERIT scholars shadow up to 20 different health care providers in a variety of settings including intensive care, pediatrics, outpatient clinics, surgery, and more. As rising seniors, scholars conduct independent research based on their interests under the guidance of a mentor. Scholars participate directly in the research process, engaging in projects that drive scientific discovery and medical advancement.