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Youth Programs

Summer Health Academy

Students who are interested in pursuing a health career and have completed the sixth, seventh or eighth grade are eligible for NMMC's Summer Health Academy. Sessions meet from 8 a.m. until noon the first full week of June. Participation is limited to 25 students who will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service and desire to enter a health profession. The deadline is mid-April to submit an application, transcripts and two Teacher Recommendation Forms.

NMMC's Summer Health Academy introduces students to various careers in health care while reinforcing positive lifestyle choices. Participants spend four hours each day with nurses and other health care professionals who are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm.

Students tour several nursing units at NMMC, as well as the Wellness Center. Because enrollment is limited, students are able to interact one-on-one with nurses, physicians, radiologic technologists, pharmacists, physical therapists and other health care staff.

The fee for Summer Health Academy is $75, which includes educational materials, a T-shirt, snacks and Friday lunch.

Click here for an application. Please attach a school transcript to the application and return to: Employment Services
Department, North Mississippi Medical Center, 830 South Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Click here for the Teacher Recommendation Form. Teachers may mail the recommendation form to the address above, fax to (662) 377-6221 or email responses to

For more information, contact the NMMC Employment Services Department at (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375). Students who are selected to participate will be notified in early May.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing allows you to explore various health careers to see firsthand what each career involves. To arrange an appointment, contact Rosalyn Campbell, career counselor, at (662) 377-3245.


nurse mentorship photoMentorship Academy

NMMC hosts area high school seniors for its Mentorship Academy each spring.. The Mentorship Academy meets from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 2-5:30 p.m. Thursdays for seven weeks. Tuesdays will be class lecture, and Thursdays will feature guest speakers, life skills and job shadowing. Participants will be provided a uniform and T-shirt.

Interested students should apply before the deadline in November and must be 18 before July 31, 2015. Click here for program details and an application. Twenty students will be selected to participate in the program.

Applicants must submit an application, 250-word essay, two letters of recommendation and high school transcript. Participants who successfully complete NMMC’s Mentorship Academy will receive certified nursing assistant training during the summer. This training will prepare participants for the certification examination and a career in health care.


Click here for the Teacher Recommendation Form. Teachers may mail the recommendation form to Employment Services Department, North Mississippi Medical Center, 830 South Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38801, or fax to (662) 377-6221.


The NMMC Mentorship Academy is made possible by a grant from the Bower Foundation. For more information, call (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-8430-3375).

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Physician Shadowing

Students in the Physician Shadowing Program must have completed their second year of college in pursuit of a medical career. During the program, they spend time with family physicians, surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists and emergency physicians. The Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi funds the program through the P.K. Thomas Jr., M.D., Endowed Scholarship Fund. Each student receives hourly compensation, a lab coat and support materials. For more information, call (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

The application process begins March 2, 2015. Application deadline is April 20, 2015.


Two sessions are offered each summer with six students each. The first session is scheduled for June 8-26, 2015, and the second session is July 6-24 2015. Applicants may request which session they prefer; however, there is no guarantee. Selected individuals are hired, provided a lab coat and paid minimum wage while in the program.


Click here for more information about 2015 sessions.


Click here for a Physician Shadowing brochure.

Click here for an online application.

To read profiles of two NMMC physicians, click here.