SMI Philadelphia

The Summer Medical Institute (SMI) originally started in Philadelphia in 1992 as a partnership between Esperanza Health Center and Medical Campus Outreach. SMI is a three-week program held each summer that teaches health professions students to address health needs of the largely low-income, urban community in North Philadelphia and integrate their faith and medical practice. To learn more, you can read about a past SMI experience at SMI 2014.

Urban Medical Outreach

Door-to-door health screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, and nutrition, sharing the love of Christ through conversation and prayer. Students learn first-hand the impact of social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, and economic factors on health.


Students shadow health care providers at Esperanza and observe an effective model of Christian primary health care.


Attending physicians volunteer to work alongside the students and speak on topics medical practitioners face.


Small group Bible study and teaching on biblical foundations are also integrated throughout the program.


Participants live together and work in partnership with area churches. They also come to know people in the community by meeting them in the churches, in their homes, in the clinic, and on the streets.

Contact Holly Favino for more information or visit Esperanza.