FocuSStem NextGen

Programs to Increase Diversity and Representation
 in Michigan STEM Fields & Medical Education

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Fitzgerald High School

About FocuSStem NextGen

Our Mission

To provide a path for students who are underrepresented in the Medical Sciences to have exposures to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-careers in Southeastern Michigan. We seek to provide educational and impactful experiences at the busy academic medical center at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.

Due to the pandemic, we have begun implementing all of our programs online to support students even if students cannot come to the center themselves.


Our Programs

Free personal career development experience & mentorship.


FocuSStem One-Day Program

On online classroom experience is under development, to get notified when it is available, click 'get notified' below.

  • FocuSStem NextGen is a free student-created and student-led program.

  • STEM-interested high school students experience hands-on learning about careers in science, technology, and healthcare at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

  • Students will learn from selected experts such as laboratory research scientists, physicians, nurses, physicists, phlebotomist, and others.

  • Enjoy lunch with various STEM experts and increase networking skills.

  • Students will go on three different tours of the medical center including the Department of Pathology, Radiation Oncology, and research laboratories.

  • Valuable materials for summer opportunities including the FocuSStem NextGen Summer Intensive, how to apply for college, and how to apply for medical school will be given.


Recent One-Day Participants 

NEW Online Intensive Summer Experience

FocuSStem NextGen is taking a big leap to meet the challenges of providing exceptional educational experiences when many in-person functions are disrupted. Moving to an online intensive program will allow students to continue to learn about healthcare and medicine at Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The Basics

Online instruction from some of the nation's best doctors and professionals in their STEM & Medical fields.  

A group of like-minded peers to work alongside virtually.

Continued professional networking and mentorship, during and after the program.


Applications for Summer 2020 are now closed.


Click the button to be notified when the applications go live for Summer 2021.

Karmanos Cancer Institute and FocuSStem NextGen are excited to offer the week-long FocuSStem NextGen Summer Intensive program for high school students in Southeastern Michigan. The Summer Intensive is designed to optimize the virtual learning environment. Students will meet and discuss career pathways with the nation’s leading cancer physicians and researchers in oncology, pathology, epidemiology as well as expert clinical staff. Networking and mentorship opportunities will continue after the summer session.

Working together with their peers, participants will explore real-world health scenarios and enjoy learning practical leadership skills. Learners will combine their personal readings and reflection of important materials selected by the STEM-related faculty and staff to enhance their online group sessions.

The FocuSStem NextGen Summer Intensive is open to all Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county high school students entering 10th to 12th grade in the Fall of 2021.

Each session is limited to 12 students.


Program Sponsors

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Program Partners

This program could not operate without the contributions of these organizations.

The Karmanos Cancer Institute, headquartered in Detroit, is the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan with 16 treatment locations. Caring for approximately 12,000 new patients annually and conducting more than 800 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, Karmanos holds a prestigious National Cancer Institute designation.

The Wayne State School of Medicine has prepared students to be health care leaders and advocates who go on to change the world since 1868. Our dedication to urban clinical excellence and contribution to Detroit's revitalization is unwavering. The School of Medicine's location and partnerships with hospitals and clinics allow students to interact with patients and engage with physicians in a real-world setting.

National Arab American Medical Association

NAAMA NextGen focuses on promoting the professional and social goals of American medical and dental students and residents of Arab heritage.

Links International Detroit Chapter

Established in 1946 as one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African Ancestry.

Contact Us

Office of Cancer Training, Research, and Education Karmanos Cancer Institute
4100 John R MM04EP
Detroit, MI  48201


It is the mission of FocuSStem NextGen to provide equitable educational and impactful experiences for students who are underrepresented in the Medical Sciences to have exposures to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-careers. FocuSStem NextGen does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity.

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