About Us

Our History

The Medical Immersion Summer & Spring Academy (MISA) was founded in 2012 in Oakland, California by Dr. Freeman, an Emergency Medicine physician at Highland Hospital. MISA works to expose pre-med and pre-health high school students to hands-on clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings that will provide them with a competitive edge as they begin their own career in health. MISA partners with local health institutions and clinicians in the area to bring this valuable experience to interested high school students.

MISA welcomes students across the country to apply!

Our Team

Jocelyn Freeman, MD


Asha Vitatoe, MPH

Program Director

Jenny Hernandez

Program Coordinator

Taryn Trotter

Program Coordinator

A Space for EVERYONE

MISA prides itself on creating an inclusive and welcoming space for all participants. We encourage any high school student (age 15 and up) to apply to this once in a lifetime experience!