The B.E.S.T. Academy Tampa

By Kenya Sturdivent

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My daughter Kenya Sturdivent is a 16-year-old high school student in Tampa, FL. She has long since had the aspiration of a career in medicine. She is a student in a medical program at her school and this summer would like to attend the summer program with The B.E.S.T. Academy. Below I will paste information about this program provided by their website. Kenya and I participate in as many crowd funding campaigns as we can and this will be the first time that we will be running one ourselves, for ourselves. Feel free to tag us in any campaigns you are participating in and we will do our best to contribute what we can. If this campaign is successful we will provide photo's, videos, and written updates about her progress within the program and more updates after it's completion. We thank you all in advance with peace and love.

The B.E.S.T. Academy was founded by Dr. Dexter Frederick, an internist/pediatrician. It is a four-week intensive program, offered in partnership with Florida Hospital-Tampa, The University of South Florida AHEC, and USF Morsani College of Medicine. It is quite a unique experience for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in a medical career.  Students engage in hands-on experiences in healthcare.  Secondly, they participate in shadowing health professionals at Florida Hospital.   Lastly, they study the human body by working with human cadavers.
Students will spend time observing mentors in their day-to-day work environments, which includes a fast-paced clinical and surgery settings. Since provider-patient interactions are considered confidential, each student is required to participate in confidentiality training and sign a confidentiality agreement. For students under 18, a parent’s or guardian’s signature on the confidentiality agreement is required.
The program lasts 4 weeks during the summer. At the end of 4 weeks, a celebratory award ceremony is held in which students are recognized for their class performance and involvement, their oral presentations and testing.


B.E.S.T. Academy Program Objectives:

Students will:

Þ   Develop a keen awareness of the medical profession

Þ   Develop a positive mind set, study skills, the tools for Maximum Effort (ME)

Þ   Establish short and long-term goals toward a future medical career

Program Components:

  1. Learning How to Learn
  • Empowers students to explore how their brain works best for them; it allows students to discover how they learn best
  • Empowers students to improve their areas of weakness in study skills and critical thinking. Students will be taught how to study with 100% of their brain capacity and power
  • Implements research-based educational instruments to generate indications of how the student would prefer learning and processing academic information
  • Provides a personalized plan focused on effective study skills and critical thinking strategies
  1. Memory
  • Empowers students with a system of remembering for academic success
  • Provides strategies such as mnemonics, chunking, visualization, and picture codes to strengthen memory
  1. Chess
  • Generates hidden abilities to invent creative solutions, recognize patterns, and focus
  • Promotes independence and a sense of responsibility
  • Encourages the emotional maturity of losing with dignity and winning with grace
  1. Anatomy
  • Provide clinically pertinent knowledge about the human body targeting the following systems 
    • Cardiopulmonary 
    • Musculo-skeletal
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Integumentary
    • Nervous System
  1. Hospital Rotations and Shadowing
    1. Expose students to the day-to-day work environment of health professionals, including fast-paced clinical and ER settings
    2. Generate mentoring between hospital staff and students in the areas of nursing, ethics, surgical suturing, rehabilitation, radiology and hospital administration

Sample weekly schedule








8:00 AM-3:30  PM

8:00 AM-3:30 PM

8:00  AM-3:30 PM

8:00 AM-3:30  PM

8:00 AM-3:30 PM


Anatomy, "How I Learn", Chess

Shadowing/Clinical Workshops

Anatomy, "How I Learn", Chess

Shadowing/Clinical Workshops

Gross Anatomy Lab/Research


USF Area Health Education Center

Florida Hospital - Tampa

USF Area Health Education Center

Florida Hospital - Tampa

College of Medicine - USF


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