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We plan to host our annual OsteoCHAMPS program in-person July 10th-July 17th, 2021, pending COVID-19. In the event we cannot host an in-person program, we will offer a virtual OsteoCHAMPS program to our applicants. We will post any updates pertaining to our summer plans on this website. The application will be available December 1st- March 1st at the link below.

The OsteoCHAMPS program was established in 2000 to foster health career interests among disadvantaged Michigan high school students and to help them achieve their career goals by providing:

  • Greater academic preparation and competitiveness for higher education
  • Lifelong learning and problem-solving skills
  • Development of individual responsibility, appreciation for diversity, and teamwork
  • Tools needed to set worthy goals toward attaining health care careers

As of 2019, more than 600 high school juniors and seniors have successfully completed the OsteoCHAMPS program. Following high school graduation, many of these program alums have advanced to universities and colleges around the country in a wide range of degree programs, including biomedical sciences, human biology, kinesiology, nursing, neuroscience, osteopathic medicine and Physician Assistant.

Program Summary

  • Eight day residential experience on the Michigan State University campus
  • Academic Curriculum
    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Medical research project
    • Writing
  • Extracurricular Activities
    • Ice Skating
    • Other athletic activities
  • Experiential learning
    • Clinical skills
    • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Student Resources
    • MSU Admissions Office and College of Osteopathic Medicine admissions office
    • MSU PA Medicine Program
    • Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program
    • Learning and Assessment Center
    • MSU Extension
    • Undergraduate MSU students
    • College of Osteopathic Medicine students

Year-Round Support

The OsteoCHAMPS staff keeps in contact with all students who have participated in the summer program. We also seek to follow OsteoCHAMPS alumni as they progress through college, whether its MSU or another institution of higher learning. We also aim to serve as a year-round resource to our alums, providing guidance and tools to enhance academic success and career development.


At the time of application, the candidate must:

  • Be a high school sophomore or junior
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (unofficial transcript submission)
  • Demonstrate interest in the health care field by completing the application essays
  • Have a letter of recommendation
  • Complete the application



Institutional scholarships are available. The scholarship application can be found in the OsteoCHAMPS application. Check the box that states you are interested in a scholarship and complete the leadership essay.




For more information about the OsteoCHAMPS programs contact Lynn Whipple at 517-432-5277 or email at