Summer Medical Institute

The Summer Medical Institute (SMI) Philadelphia 2017, scheduled to take place from June 24 – July 15, 2017 is a three-week health outreach program sponsored by the Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and Esperanza Health Center. During SMI Philadelphia, a team of volunteer health professions students, together with local church members and volunteers, seek to address health and spiritual needs of the NorSMI 2015 - Outreach 4th Philadelphia community, while providing a way for students to learn to integrate their faith within their medical careers.

After initial training sessions, students conduct door-to-door health outreach in teams throughout North Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, offering diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as nutrition and healthy lifestyle education. Through these encounters, they seek to share the love of Christ, the Great Physician, with individuals and families they meet.SMI 2015 - Student and girl

Students live together in community during SMI Philadelphia, and learn first-hand the impact of social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, and economic factors on individuals’ health. Also, through interaction with clinicians and staff members at Esperanza Health Center, students have the opportunity to observe an effective model of Christian primary health care.

For more information about SMI Philadelphia 2016, please send email to smiphilly@gmail.com or visit the blog site at: smiphilly.wordpress.com.

History of the Summer Medical Institute

The Summer Medical Institute originally started in North Philadelphia in 1992 as a partnership of Esperanza Health Center and Medical Campus Outreach. The focus of the initial SMI was to provide childhood immunizations in response to a measles outbreak that affected North Philadelphia’s Latino community. The program continued in Philadelphia for nearly 10 years before being relocated to an underserved area in Texas, near the border with Mexico.

With a renewed vision for an SMI outreach in Philadelphia, Esperanza and Medical Campus Outreach have again partnered to conduct SMI Philadelphia from 2010 through 2016. In addition to SMI Philadelphia, the SMI in Texas has continued, as have 13 other SMI-like programs that have been started throughout the United States and around the world.